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Saturday 21 October 2017

Man quizzed after dad-of-one is stabbed in 'row over woman'

Graham McKeever died outside the apartment block in Deerpark
Graham McKeever died outside the apartment block in Deerpark

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a young Tallaght father who was stabbed to death early on Saturday morning.

He was arrested yesterday evening and is being held in Tallaght Garda Station.

Father-of-one Graham McKeever (32) was found unconscious and with multiple stab wounds outside an apartment block in Deerpark Avenue.

It is believed he was killed in a row over a woman.

Tributes

Emergency services arrived at the scene at 4.40am but Mr McKeever was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

His body was taken to Dublin City Morgue where a post- mortem was carried out.

Tributes were left last night on social media and a GoFundMe page has collected more than €250 for his family.

"He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him," said a message on the page.

"Nothing will bring peace to his mam, his young son or those closest to Graham, but maybe as a community we can offer some support to help them through this difficult time."

Among the tributes was one that read: "You were larger than life, Graham. You were so funny and crazy and people loved you for it.

"I truly hope that you are right there with your family right now giving them some strength to get through this awful time."

The alleged attacker is believed to have broken into the apartment.

A woman was also attacked in the assault but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The woman, who is in her 30s, was known to Mr McKeever and the suspected attacker.

On Mr McKeever's Facebook page, friends wrote of their pain at his death.

One wrote: "How desperately sad, so many lives totally destroyed by one action."

Another posted: "RIP Graham. I know you since we were only pups.

Cruel

"So sad to hear that's news. It's a cruel world we are living in. Sleep tight mate. I'll say a prayer for you and yours. Rest in peace."

Gardai have appealed for witnesses who may have been in Deerpark Avenue or may have heard a disturbance between 4am and 5.30am on Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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