Sunday 25 August 2019

Family of fatal stab victim (21) make plea for information on killing: 'He was full of love'

Lorcan O'Reilly
Lorcan O'Reilly
Floral tributes at the scene at Oliver Bond flat complex where Lorcan O’Reilly was stabbed; the teenage suspect has links to gangland figure ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson
Gardai and forensic experts comb the scene at the Oliver Bond Street flats complex where Lorcan O’Reilly was fatally stabbed
Fat Freddie Thompson

The heartbroken family of Lorcan O'Reilly, a 21-year-old man who was stabbed to death at the weekend, have appealed to the public for information about his killing.

Mr O'Reilly (21) was stabbed to death in the south city Oliver Bond flats complex in the capital in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It is believed the young man from Robert Emmet Close was stabbed as he tried to stop a fight.

The incident happened at approximately 2.30am as the young man was enjoying the Halloween festivities.

He received a single stab wound to the heart, and was rushed to St James's Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Lorcan’s uncle Declan O’Reilly paid tribute to his nephew who he called a “quiet peacekeeper”.

“He was a quiet, inoffensive young man. He would be only too happy to help you out in any way.”

“Small things like lifting a buggy or helping neighbours with their bags up the stairs is an example of him,” Declan told the Irish Daily Mirror.

“He loved his family and brothers and sisters. He was a peacekeeper. He never liked to see anyone bullied or picked on. He was full of love.”

 “I believe Tesco and surrounding shops sold out of flowers yesterday, so many people were trying to leave their mark of respect for him.”

“We are heartbroken.”

He added: “Let the Garda do their job and anybody with information can contact them and get justice for Lorcan.”

A large number of witnesses who were present on the morning of the murder have been interviewed.

Superintendent Patrick McMenamin of Kevin Street Garda Station acknowledged the "excellent assistance and co-operation received from the community of the Oliver Bond complex".

He appealed for witnesses to the incident, in particular, present at the flats complex between 2am and 3am on Sunday November 1, to contact them at Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 6669400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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