Northern Ireland

Murdered man, 23, found next to burning car identified as nursing assistant

Lurgan man Odhrán Kelly
Lurgan man Odhrán Kelly Lurgan man Odhrán Kelly

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Lurgan have formally identified him as 23-year-old nursing assistant Odhran Kelly.

Police launched a murder investigation on Sunday after the discovery of a body in the Edward Street area.

Mr Kelly’s body was found beside a burning car in Maple Court in the early hours of Sunday.

Two women, 36 and 43, and a 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remained in custody on Wednesday afternoon.

Police have said they do not believe there was an organised crime link to the killing.

Read more: Vigil organised in Lurgan for Odhrán Kelly as police appeal for information

Forensic officers at a property in the Edward Street area of Lurgan, Co Armagh
Forensic officers at a property in the Edward Street area of Lurgan, Co Armagh Forensic officers at a property in the Edward Street area of Lurgan, Co Armagh (PA)

A vigil will take place for Mr Kelly, who was from the Lurgan area, on Wednesday evening.

It will be held in Edward Street, where floral tributes have been left in recent days.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Tony Kelly said: “A post-mortem examination has now taken place and the deceased has been formally identified as Odhran Kelly.

“My thoughts are first and foremost with Mr Kelly’s family, who are left trying to come to terms with this terrible loss.”

Mr Kelly added: “While our investigation is at an early stage, I do not believe there is an organised crime link.

Scorched ground in the Edward Street area
Scorched ground in the Edward Street area Scorched ground in the Edward Street area (PA)

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“We do know that, tragically, Odhran’s body was found beside a burning car in the Maple Court area in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“I’m keen to speak with three people, who are captured on CCTV, walking not far from this car.

“I believe they may have information that could assist our investigation and would ask them to get in touch as soon as possible.

“If you were in the Edward Street or Francis Street areas of Lurgan between 2am and 5am on Sunday and noticed any suspicious activity, please contact us on 101.”

Lurgan man Odhrán Kelly
Lurgan man Odhrán Kelly Lurgan man Odhrán Kelly