'He was so kind, it's hard to believe he's gone'
A mother told yesterday how she was in bed with two of her three children when her friend Patrick Murphy (27) was stabbed to death in a room downstairs.
Amy Quigley spoke of her shock as she struggled to come to terms with the attack in which she was herself injured.
Patrick died later in hospital after succumbing to his injuries and yesterday his family was trying to come to terms with what happened at about 5.30 on Sunday morning.
The stabbing occurred at a house in The Glen area of Waterford city as Ms Quigley slept with her two youngest children upstairs, while friend Patrick Murphy slept on a couch downstairs.
"I'm still in shock," she told the Irish Independent last night. "It hasn't hit me yet."
The deceased, who was originally from Dublin but moved to Piltown in Co Kilkenny about 10 years ago before moving to Waterford city about three years ago, was in a relationship with Amy's sister, Louise Quigley.
He was looking forward to moving to a new home at Wellington Square in Waterford when he was killed. He was devoted father to his four-year-old daughter.
"He was with my sister but he was always staying with us and talking to the family. He was close to my mam."
On the night before the stabbing, Patrick called to Amy's rented house to give her some money for her three children, and decided to stay the night on the couch.
Ms Quigley's third child, aged seven, was staying with a relative and was not in the house when Mr Murphy was attacked.
"He was so kind. A lovely person. It's hard to believe he's gone," she said.
"I'm just so thankful my seven year old wasn't there."
The other two children -- aged two and one -- were with their mother upstairs at the time.
"My two-year-old is saying now, about what happened," Amy said.
The family denied reports in some media that a party had been going on throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning at Amy's rented house.
"What's she going to be doing having a party with two small children there," said one relative.
Meanwhile, as gardai continued to seal off the scene, neighbours and friends of Patrick Murphy left bouquets of flowers outside the house where he was fatally stabbed.
"Paddy, you'll really be missed, rest in peace," one message said, while another said, "Paddy, can't believe you're gone,"; on another was written, "Paddy, you will always be in our hearts."
A garda search team carried out an intensive investigation of the two-storey terraced house throughout yesterday, as did members of the Garda Technical Bureau.
A section of road at The Glen continued to be blocked to traffic.