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Man killed in brawl 'knew his attackers'

A 21-year-old man killed after a street brawl may have been attacked by two men who know him well.

Tragic Michael Connors was injured during a late-night incident on June 29, which followed a fishing trip earlier that day.

During the brawl, Mr Connors was knocked to the ground and hit his head off the pavement at the Belvedere Grove estate in Wexford town.



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Mr Connors, who had an address in Clonard in the town, was taken to Wexford General Hospital but was later transferred to Dublin's Beaumont Hospital where he died last Friday.

A senior garda source said: "The investigation team believe that the people who assaulted the victim know him very well.

"They never intended to kill him."

Locals revealed the victim's wife had been due to give birth in the coming months.

He was attacked after spending the day on a fishing trip.

A neighbour said: "The whole area is in shock. The family are lovely people and they would always be the first to help you.

"As a neighbour you'd have no complaints about them. His wife is pregnant and that baby is going to have to grow up without a father.

"Its an awful tragedy -- people around here can't believe it."

Another neighbour added: "The family are settled Travellers -- they have been living here for 30 years.

"There has never been any trouble with them. They are very polite, helpful people."

Supt Kevin Gralton -- who is leading the investigation -- revealed officers had received reports of a disturbance in the street around midnight on June 29.

He said: "There appears to have been a lot of shouting and noise in the street but it is difficult to say what happened next. We know the victim had been drinking prior to the incident."



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It is understood that Mr Connors was known to the gardai for a number of minor motoring offences but was not involved in serious criminality.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have been in the Belvedere Grove area at the time

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai in Wexford on 053 9165200.

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