Tragic Caoimhe Morgan’s body was discovered yesterday morning after suffering what is believed to be a violent assault.
Police confirmed a 30-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Last night as the forensic teams began their investigations at the property in Harcourt Drive, police maintained a low-key presence outside the home where she took her last breath.
A double buggy belonging to Ms Morgan’s twin babies sat in the driveway and Christmas lights sparkled from an upstairs window, a reminder of the life of the bright young mother.
Bags of evidence were taken from the crime scene as many neighbours closed their blinds as a mark of respect.
As her family tried to come to terms with the shock that their loved one had been taken from them in brutal circumstances, a 30-year-old man was being questioned by police.
Holy Cross Priest Fr Gary Donegan spoke out about the tragedy, sending his prayers and thoughts to the murdered woman’s family.
Caoimhe was mum to four children, two of whom are pupils in the nearby Holy Cross Primary School.
Principal Kevin Mc Arevey spoke of his shock and heartache for his pupils and their family.
“No child expects to face the death of one of their parents, especially at such a tender age,” he said.
“The sudden nature of Caoimhe’s death has intensified for all who loved her, the deep sense of pain and loss that comes with grief. Holy Cross Boys offer our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to Caoimhe’s family ... May she rest in peace.”
Caoimhe’s devastated cousin Joanne Laverty took to social media to express her grief: “R.I.P Caoimhe Morgan... and your 4 babies heartbreaking news still can’t believe it rest easy beautiful,” she said.
Another posted “Awful news thinking off you all xx.”
Neighbours of the young woman, who has been described as “friendly and a doting mum”, also spoke of their shock after news spread through the close-knit community.
“We are all shocked and traumatised by what has happened, especially so close to Christmas. Our hearts go out to her family, especially those four wee children,” said one neighbour.
SDLP North Belfast MLA Nichola Mallon expressed her shock at the news.
“The local community is deeply shocked to learn of the suspected murder of a woman in Harcourt Drive in north Belfast this morning. This news is disturbing and I would urge anyone with any information to pass it to the police.
“My thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this extremely distressing time as they cope with the worst news any of us can imagine,” she added.
Earlier, detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team said they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman in the north Belfast area.
Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney said: “The body of a 30-year-old woman was discovered in a property in Harcourt Drive this morning. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course but I am treating her death as murder at this time.
“A 30-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.
“I am appealing for anyone who was in the area of Harcourt Drive and who witnessed anything or anyone with any information that can assist my investigation contact Detectives on 101 quoting reference 790 18/12/21.
“Alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”