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Video: My heart has been ripped out: Murder victim Brian Phelan's partner breaks down at scene of killing

The partner of murder victim Brian Phelan broke down at the scene of his killing paying tribute to the "gentle giant" asking "how anyone could be so cruel" as to attack him.

The 32-year-old father of two died after he was stabbed on the Carrivekeeney Road between Newry and Camlough on Thursday afternoon. Police are continuing to question a suspect in relation to the attack.

As police investigators continued to examine the scene family members and friends paid their respects on Friday.

Amanda O'Riordan, mother to his two children broke down at the murder scene.

"I can't understand why someone would be so cruel," she said.

"He was a gentleman and would hurt nobody.

"He was a big gentle giant, he would have done anything for anybody, he was there for everybody.

"He loved his children and they loved him. My heart has been ripped out... I'm lost.. I'm lost without him."

Police are investigating and have appealed for anyone who may have seen a blue Peugeot car with registration SX53 BYW in and around Newry to get in touch. Detectives believe it is connected to the murder.

A 27-year-old has been arrested.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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