A brother of Derry murder victim Patrick Harkin last night spoke of how his family has been left “ unable to articulate their pain and trauma”.
The 49 year-old Creggan man was assaulted early on Sunday morning in a flat in the Bayview Terrace area of the city.
Another man, Paul Mythen, from Letterkenny, was also critically injured in the incident and is being treated in hospital in Belfast for serious head injuries.
It is understood both men had been beaten with a hammer.
Speaking publicly for the first time since his brother’s killing, John Harkin said his brother was a “beautiful individual who worked and lived to provide the best life he could for his son Sean.
“It is impossible to articulate the pain and trauma that we as a family are experiencing at this particular time,” he said.
“We fear to contemplate what could have been if Sean had been present. Sean would spend much of his time with Paddy in his flat and only that he was attending a party on Saturday he would have been present in the flat at the time of this attack.”
Mr Harkin also said his thoughts were with the Mythen family.
“We would also like to offer our best wishes to Paddy’s friend who also suffered horrendous injuries in the incident which cost Paddy his life. He and his family are constantly in our thoughts. We hope and pray that he makes a full recovery.”
He said the family now wish to be allowed to mourn in private.
He was speaking only hours after police investigating Patrick Harkin’s murder were granted an extra 36 hours to question a man in connection with his killing.
Paul Greatbanks, 46, of Bayview Terrace, appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court with a black eye.
A post-mortem is due to be be carried out later today.