Man arrested over murder of professional boxer Eamonn Magee Jnr

Eamonn Magee Jnr (right) pictured with his father Eamonn Magee Snr
Eamonn Magee Jnr (right) pictured with his father Eamonn Magee Snr

A 32-year-old man has been arrested over the murder of professional boxer Eamonn Magee Jnr.

Magee Jnr – the son of former WBU welterweight champion Eamonn Magee Snr – died following a suspected stabbing on the outskirts of west Belfast.

It is believed the victim – aged 22– suffered stab wounds to his upper body.

It happened at Summerhill Park in the Twinbrook area and was reported to police at about 2.40am on Saturday.

The 32-year-old man was arrested in the Dunmurry area and is being questioned on suspicion of murder.

Det Ch Insp John McVea said: “We are currently investigating the circumstances which led to the death of such a young man as Eamonn, who is a son, a brother, a partner and a friend.

“I would therefore appeal to anyone who saw or heard any dispute in the Summerhill Park area, or who knows anything about this murder, to contact detectives at Lisburn police station on the non-emergency number 101.

“Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Tributes have been flooding in following news of the tragic death.

IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton tweeted: “Absolutely terrible shocking news about Eamonn Magee Jr. May he RIP.”

Sinn Féin assembly member Jennifer McCann said: “A young man has tragically lost his life and no matter what, he’s somebody’s son.

“People are waking up here this morning, they’re seeing the cordoned off area, they’re hearing the sad news, so people are very, very shocked and very saddened by this.”