Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Stab victim’s parents call for end to knife crime

The parents of a young Portadown man who was stabbed to death at the weekend have told of their grief after seeing their son's body.

Marc Williamson (21), from the Richhill area, died after he was stabbed in an attack in Hartfield Avenue in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Speaking after seeing their son's body at the morgue, Mr Williamson's parents, Barbara and Cecil, said their lives would never be the same.

His mother said: “I don't sleep well when Marc's out, but that night for some reason I fell asleep. I never heard nothing till Cecil told me police were at the door.” She added she didn't know how the family would cope without their youngest son.

“He's the youngest in the house. He's my baby. There's nothing here now that Marc's gone,” she said.

His father, Cecil Williamson, appealed to the public to stop carrying knives and other dangerous weapons. “Nobody should carry knives. You walk out with a knife, you're going to use it. Don't. Think twice,” he said.

Three men, aged 24, 26 and 28, have been arrested in connection with the murder. Police have also been granted a further 36 hours to question the 26-year-old suspect.

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