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Neighbours stunned by fatal stabbing in a quiet Fermanagh town

By Matthew McCreary

A Co Fermanagh town has been left stunned after a teenager was stabbed to death.

The body of the man, named locally as 19-year-old Garry Elliott, was found in a house at Townhill Park in Irvinestown, near Enniskillen.

It is believed that he had been stabbed in the chest and died late on Sunday night.

A 25-year-old woman, also believed to be from the town, was arrested following the incident and was last night still being questioned by police. It is understood that she knew the victim.

Neighbours in the quiet cul de sac where the body was found said they were stunned at the incident.

"It's a total shock. You don't believe something like this will happen here," said one woman.

Another said: "I didn't know the fella, but this is just wild."

Mr Elliott's uncle, George Smyth, told the Belfast Telegraph as he visited the scene that the family had been left "devastated" by the incident.

The small terraced house near the town centre remained sealed off yesterday afternoon and several police forensic officers wearing special masks and suits were seen entering and leaving the property.

Uniformed officers also called at the doors of neighbours and a number were seen examining the rear of the terrace.

This is the second time in two years that such a tragedy has hit the small town, which lies around 10 miles from Enniskillen on the road to Omagh.

Two years ago, locals were left stunned when father-of-two, Stephen Robinson (39) was knifed to death on Valentine's night.

Local councillor Bert Johnston said the town had been left " numbed" by the latest tragedy.

He said: "People are shocked that such a thing could happen in their midst. They can't take it all in; it sends a real shock around the community.

"It is just something you couldn't believe would happen in a quiet place like Irvinestown."

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