THE man who died in a stabbing incident in Ballymena on Saturday afternoon has been named by local people as Mr Inayat Shah.
The 67-year-old ran the Traveller’s Rest at Galgorm Road.
Police tonight confirmed they have launched a murder investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: “Shortly after 3.30prn this afternoon Police received a report that a man had been stabbed in a property on Galgorm Road.
“Police responded but despite the efforts of emergency services the 67 year man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“A 36 year old man was also taken to hospital for treatment for injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.
“A 51 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and remains in custody at this time.
“I am appealing for anyone who was on Galgorm Road this afternoon and who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference 863 21/03/20.
“Alternatively information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 080055111 that gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”
Mr Shah was the father of Suliman and Farooq.
Hundreds of tributes were paid to Mr Shah on social media.
One said: “A lovely man who helped other people”.
Another said: “What a disgrace rip well known respectable man heart goes out to all the family.”
A man said: “Sadly missed was a good friend to us”.
Another person said: “At first he was my landlord….after that my friend….he was my coach….he motivated me and my husband to buy the house….he was real friend….I’m so shocked..”
A woman said: “Absolutely disgusting after this man daily helps so many “homeless” or “people in need”.
Another woman said: “So sad.. lovely man who would help anyone.”