Shock and sadness after death of ‘true gentleman’

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Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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There is widespread shock and sadness today in the local community after the death of a young Warrenpoint man in a collision.

27-year-old Karl Heaney from the Warrenpoint area was the driver of a silver Ford Fusion that was involved in a collision with a black Kia Ceed close to the junction of the Halfway Road around 11.30pm.

The 32-year-old male driver of the Kia and the 30-year-old female driver of a third car, a red Kia Rio, have been arrested on suspicion of a number of motoring offences and are currently in police custody.

 

 

Described as a true gentleman, Newry Mitchells GFC wrote on their Facebook page, “On behalf of the Committee, senior team management, players and the wider membership of the club we are truly devastated and heartbroken to learn of the sudden death of our esteemed member, volunteer and senior team player Karl Heaney.

“Karl was a true gentleman, who never had a bad word to say about anyone and always had a smile on his face. Always willing to help out in any capacity within the club, he epitomised all that is good in the GAA.

“Karl Heaney, a dedicated Gael, senior player for Newry Mitchels GFC, an avid Liverpool FC Fan, but most of all a devoted son, brother, uncle, friend and boyfriend of Ciara. He will be missed by everyone who knew him within our club and far beyond and his loss will leave a huge void in the many lives he touched.

 

 

The local Gaelic club added, “Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, sisters, girlfriend Ciara and his wider family circle.”

Speaking to Newry Times, Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy expressed his deep sadness and shock at the news. “He was a young man who touched the lives of many. The local community is stunned and shocked at this news. It is a terrible tragedy and I want to pass on my condolences to his family.

‪Murphy added, “All our thoughts and prayers are with them at this devastating time.”

 

 

Police have appealed for anyone who was travelling on the A1 last night and who witnessed the collision or anyone who observed a black Kia Ceed or Red Kia Rio travelling on the A1 to contact local officers in Lurgan or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 1643 23/05/18.

 

 

 


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