DEVASTATED John McAreavey spoke out in the days following his wife’s death to say she was his “best friend”.
The 26-year-old is a well-known and well-respected figure in his home area of Laurencetown where he is captain of Tullylish senior Gaelic football team.
A son of Brendan and Tish McAreavey who run Clearhill Retail Entertainment business in the Scarva Road Industrial Estate, and brother to Brian, Clare and Anne, John works as an accountant in Lurgan.
The heartbroken widower said Michaela, who he had been married to for just 10 days when he found her strangled at their hotel room in Mauritius, was his rock. “I can’t describe in words how lost I feel as Michaela is not just the light of my life - she is my life,” he said in a statement.
“My beautiful wife, my best friend, my rock Michaela, has been taken from me and I still can’t take it in.
“Our hopes, our dreams and our future together are gone. I love my wife very, very much and my world revolved around her.
“I am heartbroken and like Mickey, Marian, Michaela’s brothers and my family, I am totally devastated. I appreciate all the prayers and messages of support. I pray that God gives us the strength and faith that Michaela has to cope with our horrific loss.
“She is a gift from God and I now have an angel.”
John, who was visited at his wife’s family home by teammate Justin McCartan on Saturday was said to be coping relatively well given the situation.
“I was with him for most of the day on Saturday at the wake and it reinforced to me the fact that he is a very strong person,” said Justin. But then every so often he would go up to the room to be with Michaela.”