Cllr Barney Fitzpatrick said: “The horrific news of Trevor’s death has sent shockwaves through the town.
“My heart goes out to his family at this tragic time because Christmas is a time for families and one has lost their son in this terrible incident.
“It’s so sad to think that this could happen to anyone enjoying a night out.
“Anyone who has any information on the fight which led to Trevor’s death must contact police immediately. The Coleraine area has had much tragic news in recent days, with Trevor’s death and the death of a canoeist, Stephen Chapman, in the River Bann yesterday, and my thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones here in recent days.”