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Police have no clear motive for last nights murder of Wayne Boylan at Lower Dromore Road, Warrenpoint which has left two young children without a father.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce speaking at a press conference today appealed for information from the public that would help put his murderers behind bars.

Chief Inspector Boyce said "Wayne was enjoying an evening with friends at his friend’s home in Lower Dromore Road when two cold blooded killers burst into the house at around 7:30pm.

"The pair, who were masked, fired at Wayne with what Police believe to be a shogun, striking him in the head and fatally injuring him. He died at the scene. Pellets from the blasts also struck Wayne’s friend, a 21 year old female in the face and neck. She has undergone emergency surgery in hospital and remains critically ill in intensive care. We wish for her speedy recovery and our thoughts are with her family.

Wayne Boylan
Wayne Boylan

"This was a senseless and callous murder perpetrated on a completely unsuspecting man.  Wayne was a father and his two young children have been left without their father. He was a son, a brother and a friend. His murder has caused his family and friends immeasurable pain and their lives will be forever changed by his loss."

At present no clear motive for the attack on Wayne has been identified ad Chief Inspector Boyce has appealed directly to those who may know the people involved to tell the police what they know.

"Were you in the Lower Dromore Road area last night between 6pm and 8pm ? Did you see the gunmen or any unusual vehicles in the area? Did you see any vehicles being driven erratically in the area of Lower Dromore Road or the dual carriageway between Newry and Warrenpoint yesterday evening around 7:30pm? Please tell us what you saw."

The Major Investigation Team can be contacted by calling 02844 611001. Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously.

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