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Teen's grief for 'greatest big brother' as three still held over Paul Curran Lurgan murder

By Cate McCurry

The heartbroken brother of a 29-year-old man who was murdered at a house in Co Armagh has described him as the "greatest big brother".

Paul Curran's body was discovered when paramedics were called to Manor Drive in Lurgan on Thursday afternoon.

It is understood he suffered a head injury.

Police investigating the murder arrested two men and a woman on Thursday night.

On Saturday police were granted an additional 36 hours by a court to question the three.

Paul's devastated teenage brother Frankie made an emotional visit to the house where the father-of-two died. He placed a Celtic football top at the scene in tribute.

"He was a massive Celtic fan," Frankie said. "Paul was a legend and a great brother. We'll miss him."

The teen was too upset to speak any further.

The house where Paul's body was found is in a quiet residential street where a lot of elderly people live.

While neighbours denied reports that a house party had been taking place at the time, bottles and cans of beer could be seen at the back of the property.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, was outside the house at the time of the incident.

He said it was very quiet, then it "erupted" out of nowhere.

"Some people came running out of the house and it was a bit chaotic. There was a girl standing crying in the street," he said.

"I knew something had gone badly wrong.

"Then a few minutes later the fire brigade and police arrived."

Olive Lavery, who lives next door to the murder scene, said she left her home only minutes before people started spilling on to the street.

"It just seemed to have escalated very quickly," she said.

"I don't think there was a party going on but I could hear people chatting outside in the back garden. It wasn't noisy. The man who lives in the house has been here for years.

"He would have friends over, but it's not loud house parties."

Upper Bann DUP MLA Carla Lockhart spoke at the scene, expressing her sympathy for the family and describing it as a "tragic" incident.

"I would appeal to anyone who has any information to come forward," she said.

"This is a very quiet residential area, and it has sent shockwaves throughout the town."

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: "Paul's body was discovered inside the house shortly after 2.50pm on Thursday afternoon.

"A post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of death, and two men and a woman, all aged in their 30s, remain in police custody at this time in relation to the investigation. I continue to appeal to anyone with any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact detectives in Lurgan."

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