Floral tributes have begun arriving near a flat where three people died in Northern Ireland.
The bodies of a man, a woman and a teenage girl were discovered at Glin Ree Court in Newry, Co Down, at around 11am on Thursday, police said.
It is understood they died in a violent way and one line of inquiry is a double murder and suicide. It is also understood that the three were known to each other.
In reference to the victims’ identities, SDLP Assembly member Justin McNulty said: “There is an international dimension.”
Terrible news breaking.— Justin McNulty (@JustinMcNu1ty) March 7, 2019
This community is in shock and a dark cloud hangs over Newry this afternoon.
Itâs my understanding three people have lost their lives. Police are describing those deaths as suspicious.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased. pic.twitter.com/YXtLhIjZlg
He said he believed nobody else was in danger from an assailant, adding: “It was all contained within the apartment.”
An emotional woman visited the cordon with a child who carried a bunch of flowers but they were not allowed into the sealed-off area.
Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “The circumstances of the deaths will now be subject to investigation and post-mortem examinations will take place in due course.
“At this stage it would not be appropriate to elaborate further on the circumstances as our inquiries are at an extremely early stage.”
Detectives are investigating after the bodies of three people were discovered at a flat in Glin Ree Court, Newry. The bodies of a male and two females were found at around 11am this morning.— Police Service NI (@PoliceServiceNI) March 7, 2019
Officers are at the scene and police tape marked the area preserved for forensic investigation in front of whitewashed flats.
Newry is close to Northern Ireland’s border with the Irish Republic.
Mr McNulty added: “This community is in shock and a dark cloud hangs over Newry this afternoon. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased.”