Residents shocked after woman's body discovered in New Lodge flat
Neighbours have expressed shock following the "devastating" discovery of a woman's body in a north Belfast apartment block.
The body was found at a property in Cuchulainn House in the New Lodge area on Thursday morning.
Two police vehicles remained at the scene last night as detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
SDLP councillor Paul McCusker described the tragedy as "devastating" for the local community.
"It is understood that the female was only in her 30s," he said. "This woman had her whole life ahead of her. While the circumstances around her death are unclear, it is extremely sad that her friends and family will be receiving this horrific news.
"The community in the New Lodge is extremely tight-knit and many will be devastated to know that a young woman has died in the area," Mr McCusker added.
"My thoughts go out to anyone who knew and loved her."
A number of local residents said they believed the woman was a member of the Traveller community.
"It's very sad," one man said.
"This is a quiet enough area but that particular block of flats can get pretty crazy. There was a man stabbed there before."
He was referring to the brutal murder of 24-year-old David Corr on March 15, 2012.
The talented skateboarder and busker suffered a total of 37 wounds in the frenzied attack at the hands of Barry Cavan, who lived in the same apartment complex on Victoria Parade.
Cavan (25) was jailed for life after pleading guilty to the murder.
Another neighbour said residents always fear trouble breaking out in the apartment block.
"It's renowned for loud noise and crazy parties," he said. "Most people avoid going by it. This shocking incident will make people feel even more uneasy."
Sinn Fein councillor JJ Magee offered his condolences to the family of the deceased.
"My sympathies are with the family, friends and neighbours of this woman at this time," he said.
He also urged anyone with information to bring it forward to the PSNI.
Police said a post-mortem will be carried out in due course.