Grandad dies after stabbing

The heartbroken family of a murdered Derry man say they’ve been left in a state of limbo as a result of the tragedy.

Self employed tradesman Damien Keenan died in the early hours of Thursday morning after being stabbed in his Francis Street home on Tuesday afternoon.

The father and grandfather celebrated his 51st birthday only two days prior to the attack.

Speaking exclusively to the Journal his children Paul and Michelle described their sense of “loss and bereavement”.

Paul Keenan said: “We have been left in limbo, everything happened so suddenly and we don’t know the full story yet.

“We just want him home so we can make the arrangements for his funeral but we don’t even know how long that will be as police investigations are ongoing.”

Mr. Keenan, who is originally from a well respected family in the Carnhill area, only recently remarried. He and his new bride had moved into their Francis Street home a number of weeks ago.

Police confirmed yesterday that it was a murder investigation. A spokesperson said: “A 34 year-old woman is in custody helping detectives from Serious Crime Branch with their enquiries.”

PSNI officers yesterday combed the surrounding streets, searching drains and conducting follow-up door to door enquiries.

Michelle said: “Daddy was a popular and kind man and we are sure we don’t even know all his friends to let them know. Everything is just so hard to come to terms with. We would like to thank all those who have helped us and Daddy these past few days, especially the medical staff at the Intensive Care Unit, Altnagelvin.

“We would also like to appeal for privacy at this time.”