Club ‘devastated’ by former captain’s death

Updated: December 13, 2011

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Crossmaglen Rangers have released a statement in the wake of the death of James Hughes.

The 35 year old, who won 3 All Ireland club medals with the Armagh side, was killed in a shot gun attack in the early hours of Sunday morning. The woman he was travelling with and the taxi driver both injured in the attack and treated in hospital.

A 32 year old man later presented himself to Gardai where he was arrested in connection with the murder.

The club said: “The Committee, players and members of Crossmaglen Rangers GFC are shocked and saddened by the untimely death of our friend and colleague James and along with the entire local community are devastated at this tragic event.

“James was a valued and committed member of our club, part of our successful senior team panel for over 10 years, he won three All-Ireland Club medals and more recently captained our seconds team to League success in 2010. He will be sadly missed by all of his friends and colleagues within the club.

“We extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

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