Belfast Telegraph

Husband 'heartbroken' over murder

The heartbroken husband of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey says he has been left totally devastated by the loss of his best friend and "rock".

John McAreavey, 30, said his wife was a gift from God and now he had an angel looking over him.

"I can't describe in words how lost I feel as Michaela is not just the light of my life - she is my life," he said in a statement.

The accountant found his bride strangled in their room in the luxury Legends Hotel in Mauritius on Monday.

The couple, from Northern Ireland, had been married only 10 days.

Mr McAreavey, who had been on his own on the island until relatives arrived, added: "My beautiful wife, my best friend, my rock Michaela, has been taken from me and I still can't take it in.

"Our hopes, our dreams and our future together are gone. I love my wife, very, very much and my world revolved around her."

The Co Down gaelic footballer said he shared his pain with Michaela's parents, Mickey and Marian, and her three brothers.

"I am heartbroken and like Mickey, Marian, Michaela's brothers and my family, I am totally devastated."

He added: "I appreciate all the prayers and messages of support. I pray that God gives us the strength and faith that Michaela has to cope with our horrific loss."

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