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Murder: two face more questions in connection with the murder of Eamonn Ferguson

By Jack Brennan

Police have been granted more time to question two suspects in connection with the murder of Eamonn Ferguson.

The 35-year-old was killed at a house party in Ardoyne Place in north Belfast at around 3am on Saturday.

The two men were detained on Saturday as part of the murder investigation.

A PSNI spokesman said yesterday: "Detectives from PSNI Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Eamonn Ferguson have been granted a time extension by a court today to further question two men arrested in relation to the investigation."

Police officers were called to the scene after residents were woken by shouts.

Detectives believe that Mr Ferguson got into a row at the party before he was killed. Some reports suggested he had been shot, while others said the victim had been stabbed.

Police said a post-mortem examination would take place in due course. It is understood that he had been drinking heavily.

The PSNI's Major Investigation Team do not believe that dissident republicans were behind the murder.

Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ni Chuilin said: "Ardoyne is a tight-knit community and news of this death has come as a shock to everyone. I would appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward."

SDLP MLA Alban Maginness extended his sympathy to the family of Mr Ferguson.

"This is terrible news for a family to receive, made worse by the tragic circumstances. On behalf of the community I extend my sympathy to the family following this sad incident," he said. Sources in Ardoyne described Mr Ferguson – known by his nickname 'Gunther' – as a "popular" character.

"Gunther was well liked, there was no harm in him," said a local. "He wouldn't pass you in the street.

"His family are devastated – he's the oldest of five children.

"The Fergusons are well-respected around Ardoyne. They are big into the Irish language and heavily involved in the local GAA club," added the source.

"People are shocked – they can't believe 'Gunther' has been murdered."

Detectives have set up an incident room at Musgrave Street police station to co-ordinate the murder investigation, and have appealed for anyone who heard or saw any activity in Ardoyne Place before or after the shooting to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

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