The South Belfast MLA said: “I am shocked and appalled at this incident. It is deeply disturbing that a young man has had his life cut short so cruelly.
“We are trying to make Belfast and Northern Ireland in general as attractive as possible to tourists, but incidents such as this are devastating for the region.
“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the young man’s family at this most distressing of times. I call on anybody with information to contact the police immediately.”