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Friday 15 November 2019

'I want justice for murdered son and baby he never knew' - mum

Conor Quinn was only 24
Conor Quinn was only 24

The heartbroken mother of a young father-to-be who was murdered last year has issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Eileen Quinn spoke of the loss of her son Conor (24) last year in Mallow, Co Cork, when he was knifed after a row.

He suffered a deep stab wound to the chest and died in Cork University Hospital.

Ms Quinn described the heartache she experienced when she and her husband learned of his death.

"When we got to Cork University Hospital, we were brought to a family room," she said.

"We were told Conor had passed away and we were not allowed to see him and hold him because he had now become evidence for the State because of how he died.

"That's something that I will have to live with and my husband will have to live with for the rest of our lives.

"We couldn't even hold our child in our arms in his last moments of life."

The killer fled the scene and is believed to be in the UK.

"We're in a waiting game now until he steps out of line. Our lives are on hold until he steps out of line.

"If anybody has any information, I would appeal for them to come forward to help us find this person that's done this to Conor and destroyed his life and destroyed our lives," Ms Quinn said.

Funeral

She told how Conor's son was born only days after his funeral.

"Three days after Conor was buried, his baby was born," she told the Neil Prendeville Show on Cork's RedFM. "He was buried on Thursday and his little boy was born on Sunday.

"A beautiful little boy got born on the Sunday, who he'll never get to hold or see."

Ms Quinn said her son was very excited to welcome his first child with his partner.

"He had all this beautiful stuff bought for the baby, he had clothes and car seats fixed for him, his cot all fixed up for him," she said.

"They had his christening all organised and Conor had his clothes picked out, what he was going to wear, and it was what he wore in the coffin."

She said Conor's son, Conor Jnr, now calls his grandfather daddy.

"His baby pointing at pictures of his daddy on the walls saying, 'dadda'. The father should be holding the baby in his arms, not him pointing at pictures," Ms Quinn said.

"He's only a young vibrant man with his whole life ahead of him. It's so unfair.

"Our lives are in a limbo and we have no justice."

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