17/06/2013

Co Down Man Killed In New York

A 26-year-old County Down man has been killed in a hit-and-run incident in New York.

Bronx police believe Mr Bell, from Newry, may have been hit by two vehicles near a bar in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Officers are said to be looking for the vehicles involved in the incident.

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley has expressed his condolences to the family and friends of Mr Bell.

"Kevin’s parents, brothers, sisters, family circle and friends are devastated and heartbroken at the news of his death in a hit and run incident in New York," he said.

"Kevin was an exceptional young man who brought joy and happiness to his family and to all who knew him.

"He had a great sense of fun and it was a pleasure to be in his company as anyone who knew him will testify. He was well know as a superb Irish dancer who along with family members represented the St. Moninna GFC, Kileavy for many years in the Scór competitions.

"Obviously his family are in shock at the sad news which has reached them today from America but in their bereavement they are finding great comfort in the response and support of their family and friends - and of the local community.

"I have no doubt that in the days which lie ahead the people of Newry will continue to rally around them and help them bear the great sadness of Kevin’s passing. I would like to express my sincere condolences to Kevin’s parents, brothers, sisters, family circle and friends and I know that in doing so I speak for the community as a whole.

(IT/MH)

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