Arrests amid murder probe following identification of north Belfast man

Conor McKee, 31
Conor McKee, 31

A man killed in north Belfast has been officially identified.

He was Conor McKee, and police are treating his death as murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said in a statement: “I can now confirm that 31 year old Conor McKee was found by a close family member at his home in Glenpark Street off the Oldpark Road in north Belfast last night.

“Conor was discovered in an upstairs bedroom. There was nobody else in the house.

“A post mortem examination has yet to take place so I am unable to confirm the cause of death.

“Conor McKee was a father of two young children, a son, a brother and a partner.

“This is a devastating tragedy for the McKee family and a terrible shock for the local community.”

The police said they were in the early stages of this investigation and are keeping an open mind as to the motive for the murder.

As of Friday evening, the police said two men – aged 37 and 44 – had been arrested in Antrim and Belfast, and were taken to the PSNI’s Serious Crime Suite in Antrim for questioning.

Det Chief Insp Galloway issued a trio of appeals for information.

ONE: Anyone who was in the area of Glenpark Street around 6.15pm on Thursday night who “saw or heard anything unusual or suspicious” should call police – particularly “anyone who saw a man outside the McKee house, which is No5, at around 6.15pm”.

TWO: The PSNI appeal to the person who rang police in the early hours of Friday morning with information about the murder to call back. Det Chief Insp Galloway said: “We really need to talk to that person.”

THREE: Those people who knew Conor and were his friends are asked “engage with police to help us build a picture of his life, his activities and his movements”. The detective added: “The more information we have, the greater the likelihood is that we will bring his killer or killers to justice.”

Contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.