An elderly disabled grandfather from Co Armagh who was attacked by three men while he lay in bed was stabbed multiple times, it has emerged.
Yesterday prayers were said for widower Eugene Carr at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Bessbrook he attended every Sunday.
Mr Carr, who is in his 70s, last night remained in a critical condition. He is being treated at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital where his family are by his side.
Sources said that the pensioner was stabbed multiple times with damage caused to his liver, spleen and abdomen.
Mr Carr is a father to several grown-up daughters who also live in the village and is also a grandfather.
Police have not confirmed the exact nature of the attack but reported that the victim was assaulted several times with a sharp implement during a burglary.
Mr Carr is said to be quite frail and has difficulty walking. He would not have been able to defend himself from his attackers who broke into his house at Clogharevan Park in the early hours of Monday.
The motive behind the shocking attack is thought to have been theft as police believe money was also taken.
Parish priest Fr Sean Larkin told the Belfast Telegraph how his parishioners were left stunned when they heard the identity of the victim.
"We are all still coming to terms with the shocking attack on Mr Carr and we are praying for his recovery and for his family," he said.
"The parishioners after morning Mass could not believe it was the frail but kindly disabled man that they would see at church at the weekend."
Sinn Fein councillor Roisin Mulgrew said: "Bessbrook is a close-knit community and everyone is completed disgusted at this attack."
Police are appealing to the public for information on the aggravated burglary.