Thursday 18 January 2018

Tributes paid to 'funny and kind' Irishman murdered on Saturday

Gerard Quinn was killed in an incident on Saturday, May 21
Gerard Quinn was killed in an incident on Saturday, May 21

Tributes have been paid 24-year-old Gerard Quinn who was murdered in Derry on Saturday.

Friends of the young father from Derry described have spoken of their devastation at his death on social media, paying tribute to him as "funny and kind".

Gerard Quinn (24) died after he was assaulted in the Milldale Crescent area on Saturday night.

A 16-year-old boy is being questioned at Strand Road police station. He was arrested shortly after midnight on Sunday.

Politicians said a house party descended into violence and the victim may have been stabbed in the neck with a bottle.

Police received the report at about 10.30pm on Saturday. Mr Quinn was taken to hospital where he later died. A post mortem is due to take place tomorrow (Monday).

Another 24-year-old man - believed to be Mr Quinn's twin brother - received head injuries which were not life threatening.

Detective chief inspector Michael Harvey said: "At this time it is my belief that there was some sort of altercation in the Milldale Crescent area."

He said the young man's death was tragic and appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

The detective said investigators had received an excellent response with a good number of people coming forward to provide important information.

Friends took to social media to pay tribute to Mr Quinn.

Emma Dobbins said: "Can't get my head round it Gerard Quinn.

"So funny n kind. I will never forget this night."

Agnes Miroslawska said he always made her laugh.

"I'm still in shock. I really can't believe it. It's soooo sad to see another young life taken far too soon.

"Thinking of your family at this really sad time."

Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the death of this young man in these circumstances was a tragedy that had shocked the local area.

"There is a live police investigation into this incident and that should be allowed to go ahead.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the man who was killed at this difficult time."

SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan also extended his sympathies of the family of the 24-year-old man.

"This morning a family is coming to terms with the death of a son in the most horrific of circumstances," he said.

"The loss of a young man in any circumstances is absolutely tragic but to have had someone with their whole life in front of them murdered like this will be particularly devastating for his family and his community.

"My thoughts and prayers, and those of my party, are with the young man’s family and friends at this difficult time.

"I have no doubt that the community here will rally around them and provide every support that they need.

"I would urge anyone with any information about this crime or who may have heard a disturbance in the Milldale Crescent area last night to come forward to the police as soon as possible."

Belfast Telegraph

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