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Shock as 2 found dead at farmhouse
A tight-knit rural community in Northern Ireland has been plunged into shock after a farmer and one of his workers were found shot dead in an isolated farmhouse.
The men were discovered at the secluded property around a mile from the quiet Co Antrim village of Glenarm on Friday evening.
They have been named locally as farm owner Arthur Gibson, in his early 60s, and farm labourer Michael Murphy, in his late 30s.
At this stage it is understood police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the double shooting.
Mr Murphy had worked for Mr Gibson for many years.
Forensic teams in white overalls were examining the scene, paying particular attention to the hallway of the two-storey white painted house.
Neighbours helped to milk the cows and keep the Feystown Road farm operating as the police investigation carried on.
Glenarm came to wider public attention earlier this year when severe late winter blizzards enveloped farms in the surrounding hills in a thick blanket of snow, killing thousands of livestock and cutting off many families for days.
A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said: "An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths is under way."
Local Stormont Assembly member Oliver McMullan knew both the dead men. The Sinn Fein representative said the community was stunned by what he described as a "double tragedy". "The community is in a state of shock as both men were well known within this tight knit community," he said. "My thoughts and prayers are with the families at this time."