There is shock in Malin Head today after the murder of Willie McKeeney, 57, as he walked home from a chippie in the Scottish city early on Sunday.
Today John Robertson, 43, a neighbour of the victim for more than a decade, said he was “absolutely shocked” by the incident.
He said: “It is quite a quiet neighbourhood, we would never expect anything like this.”
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said they thought Mr McKeeney had experienced trouble with gangs.
He said: “I think he had had trouble with a group of young Asian men. They had slashed the tyres on his car.”
Pollokshields councillor David Meikle said: “It is important that all aspects are looked into, including the possibility that it may have been a racially motivated crime.”
Strathclyde Police said both suspects were of Asian appearance. One is 6ft 4in and thin-built, and was wearing a light-coloured hooded tracksuit top and light grey tracksuit bottoms. The second man was of average height and build and wore a navy tracksuit.
At the Seaview Tavern in Malin Head where Willie’s partner Annmarie had once worked as a chef, there is shock at the murder.
“People are just numb,” said one local man. “This is just dreadful news. Willie was a lovely fella who would never get involved in a fight.
“His brothers and sisters are wonderful people and all our prayers and thoughts are with them at this time. God help them all.”
One brother – Henry – who lives in Boston, was told the news of the murder yesterday.
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