A Co Down man has died in a hit-and-run car incident in New York.
Kevin Bell, 26, from Newry was killed on Sunday.
SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said: "Kevin's parents, brothers, sisters, family circle and friends are devastated and heartbroken at the news of his death in a hit and run incident in New York.
"Kevin was an exceptional young man who brought joy and happiness to his family and to all who knew him.
"He had a great sense of fun and it was a pleasure to be in his company as anyone who knew him will testify."
He was well know as a superb Irish dancer who along with family members represented the St Moninna GFC, Kileavy, for many years in competitions.
Mr Bradley added: "Obviously his family are in shock at the sad news which has reached them today from America but in their bereavement they are finding great comfort in the response and support of their family and friends - and of the local community.
"I have no doubt that in the days which lie ahead the people of Newry will continue to rally around them and help them bear the great sadness of Kevin's passing."