Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Irish man (24) killed in savage Oz attack

A young Irish man has died following a savage attack at a nightclub in Australia.

Matthew McEvoy (24) died after he was attacked and kicked in the head during a night out in Melbourne.



His parents, Peter and Mairead, who are originally from the Tubbertoby area of Termonfeckin, Co Louth, have been living in Australia since they emigrated there in the 1970s.



It is the second time the McEvoy family has been struck by tragedy -- Matthew was named after his uncle who drowned in Australia just months before he was born.



Two men, 18 and 21, have been charged with causing serious injury in relation to the attack on Mr McEvoy.



They were released on bail but could still face murder charges.



The court heard Matthew McEvoy was knocked out and stopped breathing after an attack by several men. His family later decided to switch off a life support machine and to donate his organs.



In a statement issued through Victoria Police, his parents said: "The family is devastated and consumed with grief at the loss of their beloved son, Matthew.



"Matthew was a kind, caring, generous and fun loving son who was loved by everybody who knew him. We hope others never have to go through what we are going through.



"We urge all young people to think about the consequences their actions can have on other families."



Heartbroken



Matthew's heartbroken older brother, John, told 400 mourners at his funeral in St Agatha's Catholic Church in Cranbourne that "something inside me has broken and can never be fixed".



In a touching tribute, John said: "How do I say goodbye to my best friend, to my worst enemy, to the best man at my wedding to come?



"To the uncle of my children to follow, to the man I would swap places with in a heartbeat for a hug goodbye."



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