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Friday 9 December 2016

Tributes to Irish dad (27) killed in Luton attack

Denise Calnan and Martin Grant

Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30

Kevin Kelly
Kevin Kelly

Police in Britain are investigating the tragic death of a young Irish father-of-one after a fight in the early hours of the morning.

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Kilkenny man Kevin Kelly (27) died from injuries he sustained about 5am last Sunday in Luton.

Bedfordshire Police have launched an investigation called 'Operation Dubnium' and have appealed to the public for assistance.

Police say Mr Kelly was in the Upper George Street area of Luton when "an altercation" broke out. He was taken to hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police have confirmed a man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Locals in the village of Skeoughvosteen, in rural Kilkenny, said they were only just coming to terms with the tragedy.

His mother and father, two brothers and two sisters are said to be "completely devastated" by the news. It is believed the last time Mr Kelly returned home was just five weeks ago to attend a friend's wedding.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Peter Cleere, who knew Mr Kelly and lives near his family home, said the entire community was shocked by the tragedy.

"I knew Kevin very well, he was a couple of years below me in school. The whole area is stunned," Cllr Cleere said.

"They are a well known family and well liked. He was a likeable fellow and a lovely chap. He was just a nice lad and everybody is stunned.

"We are all devastated for the family. Everybody is shocked, a young man from a rural community. When the word came out, nobody knew what to say.

"He loved going out for a few pints . . . he was just a typical rural Irish lad." It is expected Mr Kelly's remains will be returned to Kilkenny.

Irish Independent

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