Gardai are awaiting post mortem results on the body of a shop worker who was found dead with slash wounds outside his apartment in Mullingar.
The body of Anthony Kelly was found in front of his home in Grove Court, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, where he lived with his partner Gordon Corroon.
Garda sources said he had head and facial injuries and had a large amount of blood on his head and face.
Mr Kelly, who was in his 30s, had been living in the town for several years. Locals said that Mr Kelly, originally from Tyrone, managed the local newsagents, Spar on Dominick Street.
His heartbroken partner Gordon paid a touching tribute to the dead man.
“My beautiful, kind, most caring boyfriend in the world. I love you forever.
“We will be together again, I promise. I love you more than anyone will ever know,” he added.
It has also emerged that Mr Kelly, originally from Strabane in Co Tyrone had previously been the victim of an attempted tiger raid.
Mr Kelly is understood to have been held hostage in 2002 by gunmen and was forced to go to his supermarket workplace and withdraw cash.
“Anthony was a lovely guy, he was very friendly and always nice whenever you met him,” said one local.
Councillor Mick Dollard (Lab) said: “This is truly shocking and we extend our sympathies to his family.”
Gardai are awaiting the results of a post mortem which was due to be carried out today but said that they were treating the death as suspicious.
Emergency services were alerted shortly after 7am yesterday when one of the occupants of the house made the grim discovery as they were leaving for work.
A full team of garda technical experts trawled the scene throughout the course of the day yesterday.
Gardai interviewed everyone going in and out of the gated community of Grove Court and examined CCTV footage.
State pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy arrived at the scene yesterday afternoon and the body was removed to the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar.
The full post mortem was due be carried out by Prof Cassidy this morning.
Superintendent John Gantley said: “We are appealing to anyone with any information on this to get in touch with us.”
All options are being considered by gardai at this stage including whether the victim could have been violently assaulted or whether his wounds may have been self inflicted.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Mullingar Gardai Station at (044) 9384000.