A priest who administered the last rites to Wayne Boylan has described his murder as “horrendous”.
The 37-year-old died instantly after two gunmen burst into a house in Warrenpoint and shot him in the head with a shotgun.
A 21-year-old woman was also injured in the attack on Friday evening, and she remains critically ill but stable in hospital.
Canon John Kearney, who knew Wayne Boylan well, was called to the scene to administer the last rites.
“There was a palpable sense of horror and shock,” he told UTV.
“He was a young man that enjoyed life, enjoyed living and knew many people in this community, and it was just unbelievable that this should happen.
“I was there on Friday night, Saturday morning in the house where the incident happened and I must say, absolutely unbelievable that a young man could be taken so cruelly and brutally in the way that he was taken.”
Police said that, while the father of two was known to them, no-one deserves to die like this.
They are following several lines of enquiry but are yet to establish a clear motive for the murder, which they described as “brutal”.