September 16, 2008

Vigil for Stabbed Grandad


THERE were tearful scenes at a vigil for stabbed grandad Eamonn Hughes last night as hundreds gathered in his honour.

His daughte rSiobhan collapsed into her mother Eileen's arms and wept for her father who was stabbed as he walked home from her 18th birthday celebrations.

More than 500 people stood in a silent tribute outside the family's Co Tyrone home.

And as the taxidriver's wife, son Kevin and daughter, Tracey, faced their friends, young Siobhan stayed behind in the house for a few moments.

But overwhelmed with grief, she then ran to her mother.

Less than 48 hours earlier she had laughed in her father's arms on her landmark birthday.

SDLP councillor Vincent Currie said: "The amount of love and sympathy shown for Eamonn's family have been overwhelming."

Mr Hughes, 48, who is a grandfather to two children, died on Saturday morning as he walked through the Lisnahull estate in Dungannon.

Three men - two aged 22 and the other aged 24 - were last night charged with his murder.

A fourth man, 40, has been charged with at tempted murder. They are due at Omagh Magistrates Court today.

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