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Friday 18 April 2014

‘You’re a true gentleman.. I love you so much and I don’t know how I’m going to live without you’

Injured friend’s moving tribute from hospital bed to tragic stab victim David Spain

David Spain (left) 
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David Spain: stabbed to death after going to help a friend

The injured friend of tragic stab victim David Spain says he doesn’t know he “will live without him”.

The funeral of Mr Spain, who was stabbed to death in the early hours of St Stephen’s Day in Shankill, South County Dublin, has been postponed.

During the stabbing incident, David’s friend Sean Turner (22) was also injured in the incident.

The accomplished boxer underwent surgery and is now recovering in hospital.

“David Spain you're my best mate in the whole world,” wrote the heavyweight boxer on his Facebook page from intensive care.

“You're a true gentleman I love you so much and I don't know how I'm going to live without you.”

Sean Turner remains in intensive care but a photo of him giving a thumbs-up from his sick bed emerged at the weekend.

In Turner's tribute to his tragic friend, he also wrote: “I miss you so much I will never forget you miss and love you to bits Big Spainer – feeling sad.”

His Facebook tribute received hundreds of comments from friends and well-wishers.

The best friends were both busy pursuing their dreams before the attack took place.

David Spain had been living in Australia and was home for Christmas before leaving Ireland again for Canada in the New Year.

David’s father David Snr said he was all set to start a new life for himself over there.

Sean Turner, who miraculously survived the attack, was living and training in Belfast and was very excited about 2014, describing it on his Twitter as the year his “pro career gets off to a flying start”.

The nine-time Irish amateur boxing champion is said to be “on the mend” according to hospital sources.

Meanwhile a date for Spain's funeral, which was planned for today, has yet to be confirmed.

Some sources say the family are waiting for friends to fly home from Australia and they said it is hoped Turner will be well enough to attend.

According to Spain's funeral notice he died “tragically” and will be “sadly missed by his heartbroken” family. It also states that “funeral arrangements to be confirmed”.

Wayne Kennedy (32) has been charged with murder of David Spain and assault causing harm to a second man. He is expected to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Friday.

By Joyce Fegan

hnews@herald.ie

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