Tuesday 27 September 2016

‘Death leaves a heartache no one can heal’ - Father of slain Dean Fitzpatrick pays tribute on third anniversary of his killing

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 27/05/2016 | 13:58

Dean Fitzpatrick's aunt Christine, partner Sarah O'Rourke and father Christopher at their home in Donaghmede. Phtoo: Gerry Mooney
Dean Fitzpatrick's aunt Christine, partner Sarah O'Rourke and father Christopher at their home in Donaghmede. Phtoo: Gerry Mooney
Dean Fitzpatrick and his missing sister Amy
Dean Fitzpatrick

The devastated father of knife victim Dean Fitzpatrick has paid tribute to him three years after he was brutally killed.

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The 23-year-old died after sustaining a stab wound from his mother’s boyfriend, David Mahon, in Dublin in 2013.

His father Christopher Fitzpatrick opened up on Facebook about the pain and heartbreak the family have endured since Dean was killed.

“It is very hard to believe but it is three very long years since my son Dean was so tragically taken from us,” he wrote.

Dean Fitzpatrick
Dean Fitzpatrick

“Dean's death has not only affected myself but also Dean's aunts, uncles, brother, his little son Leon and Sara (his partner), his cousins and friends. Our hearts are broken.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. We love and miss you Dean.”

In a post shared on the “In memory of Dean Fitzpatrick” Facebook page, the grieving father also pledged to continue searching for his missing daughter Amy.

Dean’s younger sister disappeared on New Year’s Day in 2008 while the family were living in Spain. She was just 15 years old.

Dean Fitzpatrick and his missing sister Amy
Dean Fitzpatrick and his missing sister Amy

“I would like to thank everyone for all the messages of support over the last few years and for your continued support in the search for Amy. We will not give up our fight for Amy,” Mr Fitzpatrick wrote.

Sara O’Rourke also shared a message about her beloved partner.

“It is still soul destroying to think three years tomorrow you were taken from us! They say it gets easier but the truth is it doesn't, the pain will always be the same,” she wrote.

“You brought so much joy into my life and your son's life, it’s heart breaking knowing you died in the most horrible way possible.”

Sara is the mother of Dean’s son Leon, now four years old.

“I know you're at peace now looking down on me and Leon, you'll always be our special Angel,” she continued.

“I often think to myself what you would be like now. What kind of dad you would be to our beautiful son.

“The year and a half you did have with him, you were just the best and I know if you were with us today you'd be the proudest dad ever. RIP Dean, always In our hearts.”

Mahon (45) was found guilty of manslaughter earlier this month, and is due to be sentenced on Monday.

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