Questions were still being asked in Glenarm yesterday as to the motive behind the shooting dead of two men at a farmhouse outside the village.
Detectives say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths of Arthur Gibson, 61, and Michael Murphy, 37, who were discovered with gunshot wounds in the Feystown Road farmhouse around teatime on Friday. They said they are following a definite line of inquiry.
At this stage it is not known how long the men had been dead prior to being found.
Post-mortem examinations on the men were yesterday completed and “the examination confirmed that both men died as the result of shotgun wounds”.
A PSNI spokesman added: “The families have been updated and the investigation team are not seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths. On behalf of both families police are asking that media request their privacy at this very difficult time.”
Mr Gibson, a former republican prisoner, who wore a prosthetic hand after an accident, had been “good friends and like a father-figure” to Mr Murphy, according to a source close to both parties.
Mr Murphy, a father-of-four, had worked for around ten years for Mr Gibson who it is understood had helped him through “a problem with drugs”.
It is also understood Mr Murphy’s partner, named locally as Jenny Mulvenna, is expecting her fifth child. Mr Gibson, known locally as ‘Art’, was unmarried and lived alone.
A short time after the bodies of the men were found, local farmers arrived at the scene to help milk Mr Gibson’s herd of dairy cows.
Ulster Farmers’ Union deputy president Ian Marshall said: “The community will be shocked at this, people work with each other and people help each other.”
Sinn Fein MLA for North Antrim, Oliver McMullan, who knew both men, said “they had been very close”.
“It is very raw for the men’s families at the minute. And also for the local community who are rallying around to ensure that the Feystown Road farm keeps operating. It is a big dairy farm.
“The families are now calling for privacy to allow them to bury their dead. They need space.”
DUP MP for the area, Sammy Wilson, said he has been in contact with members of the unionist community in Glenarm who are “generally shocked and surprised that this happened”.
“Farmers are pulling together in the close-knit area to help out on the farm and keep it going,” he said.
Former Alliance mayor of Larne, Gerardine Mulvenna, who lives in Glenarm, said: “Everybody in the village is just shocked and still can’t take it in.
“It is unclear what happened and I suppose the only people who know what happened aren’t here to say.”