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Monday 25 September 2017

Stab victim was a 'gentleman who'd do anything for you', say family

Relatives lay flowers at the scene in Tallaght, Dublin
Relatives lay flowers at the scene in Tallaght, Dublin
James Humphries
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

THE heartbroken family of a young father who has been stabbed to death described him as a "gentleman" who would "do anything for you".

James Humphries (32) was brutally stabbed to death outside a house at Kiltalown Way, Tallaght, Dublin, on Sunday evening.

Another man, also in his 30s, was arrested and remains in garda custody, where he is being questioned in relation to the stabbing.

Gardai are investigating the incident and forensic officers arrived at the blood-splattered scene, which remained sealed off, to conduct a technical examination yesterday.

Mr Humphries's aunts, Teresa and Ann, arrived shortly afterwards and tearfully laid flowers before speaking of their lost nephew.

Teresa told the Irish Independent: "He was a gentleman, he never hurt anybody and he'd do anything for you. He'd give you his last euro."

Mr Humphries's aunt added that her nephew had one son, Gerard.

"He's only 12 years old. He's not doing good at all. He was his dad and James lived for that child."

VIOLENT

Mr Humphries lived with Ann at the nearby Glenshane Estate and she said: "He was a buzzer, he'd buzz off you. He was a laugh. No one ever had a bad word to say about him."

Teresa said that her nephew, who had attended St Aidan's Community School in Tallaght, "loved his bikes and his horses. He'd find old bikes and he'd make them up".

His mother is now travelling back from England where she has been living.

Speaking of the violent incident that led to Mr Humphries's death, one woman at Kiltalown Way said that a row began in the house at about 6.40pm and spilled out into the front garden.

"Loads of kids saw it," she added.

Mr Humphries was rushed to Tallaght hospital where he was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later.

"They were always partying over in that house," said the local woman. "James only started hanging around there not long ago.

DISGRACEFUL

"He was a harmless fella. If you said boo to him he'd crumble down on his knees. It's disgraceful, something like this to happen on your own doorstep."

Former Fianna Fail TD Charlie O'Connor encouraged locals to help gardai with their investigation. He said of Mr Humphries's death: "It's sad really and it's sad for the community."

Irish Independent

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