Tuesday 17 July 2018

Limerick family in shock following killing of father-of-two in US

Jason Corbett was found dead in his North Carolina home, having suffered fatal head injuries
Jason Corbett was found dead in his North Carolina home, having suffered fatal head injuries

Wayne O'Connor and Kathryn Hayes

A family in Limerick have spoken of their devastation after their brother was killed in the United States.

Jason Corbett (39) was found dead in his home in North Carolina early on Sunday morning.

Police officers and detectives at the Davidson County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina are investigating after Mr Corbett was found with fatal head injuries.

Reports indicate that police were called to the scene at Panther Creek Court in Wallburg at around 3am.

Jason's sister Tracey Lynch told the Irish Independent last night that her family are in shock.

"We are absolutely devastated. We really are unaware of the details other than my brother was killed on Sunday at 3am," she said. "I was in France and flew back to Ireland after I heard.

"He moved over to the US four years ago. He had a wonderful life with friends both in America and here as well," added Tracey.

Jason had two young children, Jack and Sarah.

Tracey said he was a fantastic father to his children and devoted to them.

"He was a loving father and a loving brother. He was caring and good fun to be around, a terrific man and a great dad to his kids.

"He was devoted to them," said Tracey.

"He enjoyed life and travelling and had a huge amount of friends and family on both sides of the Atlantic," she added.

Tracey said she is making arrangements to travel to the US as soon as possible in order to repatriate her brother's remains and to bring her niece and nephew home to Ireland.

The children's mother, Mags Corbett, died tragically in 2006 after suffering an asthma attack.

"I am just trying to arrange to bring my brother's body back and his children," said Tracey.

"They have lost their mother and their father," she added.

"I am their guardian and all I want to do is get them back here with my brother."

However, Tracey said she is not sure how long it will take to bring her brother back to Ireland.

"The laws are very different in North Carolina," she said.

No arrests have been made in relation to the death of Mr Corbett but detectives said they are following a definite line of enquiry.

Emergency medical treatment was given at the scene but Mr Corbett subsequently died from his injuries.

The County Sheriff received an emergency call regarding an alleged assault at a house in Panther Creek Court shortly after 3am.

When police arrived, they found Mr Corbett unconscious and unresponsive.

In a statement, Sheriff David Grice said: "We are currently still investigating and waiting for autopsy results."

Irish Independent

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