A CLOSE friend and colleague of Deepak Abbi, who died five days after he chased youths from his Drogheda offices, says he spoke to the architect in the days after the incident, and he seemed 'absolutely fine'.
Quantity surveyor Coleman Carroll says Mr Abbi's death came as a bolt from the blue, as he never mentioned an incident and was working as normal.
'We are all in a state of shock, as it came so out of the blue,' says Coleman, who has offices in Palace Street.
'I was on the phone to him on Thursday and Friday following the incident, helping him sort out some planning problems he had, and he gave no indication of what had happened or that he was felling unwell.'
Coleman said people are more shocked as most people were unaware that he had been caught up in any kind of attack or assault.
'Drogheda is a small town, and you usually hear of things like this, especially in broad daylight, but Deepak seems to have dismissed it as nothing,' he added.
'I was a work colleague of his, and he was very much his own man, but I know he was a real family man too, and they will be devastated by his loss.'