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Tributes paid to man killed by car as he walked home

By Claire Weir

A man who was killed as he walked home from a night out in Lurgan has been remembered as “a great friend”.

Gavin Devlin (31), one of six brothers, died following the road crash in Co Armagh in the early hours of yesterday.

Only one vehicle was involved in the crash which happened shortly before 2am.

It is understood that the car hit a wall on the Old Portadown Road before travelling across the road and coming to rest outside a Mace shop at Killough Gardens.

Killough Gardens was closed to traffic for a time yesterday morning and police arrested a 19-year-old man.

Mr Devlin, who was single, worked in a factory in Dollingstown and came from the Lurgantarry area of the town.

His brother Malachy, who had just flown back from Australia after not seeing Gavin for three years, said that he was a “great brother and a great friend”.

He said: “What can you say, he had never been in trouble in his life, he was a hard worker, a good friend, a good brother.

“He was working on Saturday and was working again on Sunday.

“He had gone out to meet his cousin and a few other people after work, they said he had no more than four pints and then walked home.

“I don’t know too much about what happened but apparently this car went out of control, mounted the pavement and hit him. He wouldn’t have known a thing about it.

“I had not seen him for three years, I was out living in Australia. I didn’t go out on Saturday night — I stayed in. It is a shock to have lost him so suddenly.”

Gavin is survived by parents Willie and Leontia as well as Malachy and four other brothers.

He will be buried following a funeral service at St Peter’s Church, Lurgan at 10.30am on Wednesday.

Parish Priest Monsignor Aidan Hamill said that Gavin will be sadly missed.

“He was a very hard worker, kept his head down and was a credit to his family,” he said.

“His parents are understandably distraught but they are getting support from neighbours, family and friends and hopefully they can get through this.”

Friends have flooded social networking sites with tributes to Mr Devlin.

Tracy Martin wrote: “My thoughts and prayers are with the Devlin family. God bless.”

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