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Family pay tribute to shotgun murder victim Warren Boylan

Warren Boylan was shot dead in Warrenpoint while Alice Louise Burns was seriously injured

THE family of murdered father-of-two Wayne Boylan, who was shot dead in Warrenpoint at the weekend, have paid tribute to the 37-year-old.

A 21-year-old woman remains in hospital in a serious condition after suffering facial injuries in the attack on Friday night.

Alice Louise Burns was transferred to the intensive care unit of the Royal Victoria Hospital following the gun attack in the Dromore Road area of the town.

She was showered with shotgun pellets after two masked men forced their way into a flat and shot Mr Boylan at point black range, killing him almost instantly.

The getaway car was later recovered in Dublin, with the PSNI confirming that they were working with An Garda Síochána in what has become a cross-border manhunt for the killers.

While police have not stated a clear motive for the attack, Mr Boylan was known to police and was aware he was under threat in the days leading up to his murder.

Speculation that the killing may have been a case of mistaken identity was dismissed by detectives.

Sources say Mr Boylan may have fallen foul of a criminal gang with links to the Republic.

Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce said the victim had just come back from a local off-licence 10-15 minutes before the attack and may have been followed.

"This was a senseless and callous murder perpetrated on a completely unsuspecting man," he said.

Mr Boylan's partner Saoirse Lambe, the mother of his five-year-old son, was said to be in a distraught state and being comforted by relatives.

Local priest Canon John Kearney, who knew the victim well, said the young mother was "in shock" and there was a "palpable sense of horror and disbelief in the town" at the brutality of the murder.

Mr Boylan's funeral is due to take place tomorrow at St Peter's Church in the town followed by interment in Warrenpoint Municipal Cemetery.

In a notice in today's Irish News, Mr Boylan's family say he was "dearly loved" and that his loss is "deeply regretted by his loving partner, daughter, son, sister, brother, entire family circle and friends".

He is survived by his brother Keith, sister Kerry, partner Saoirse and children Niamh and Henry.

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