The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed on Sunday, March 24 that four people died in a single-vehicle collision in Co Armagh.

The crash involving a grey Volkswagen Golf occurred on the Ballynahonemore Road at around 2:10 am on Sunday, PSNI said.

The driver and three passengers were declared deceased at the scene.

The four victims have since been named as Marina Crilly, Emma Malon, Phil Mitchell, and Keith Morrison.

District Commander Superintendent Paul McGrattan said on Sunday: “This is an unspeakable tragedy for the families involved, and for the wider community, who will understandably struggle to comprehend such loss of life. 

“A thorough and sensitive investigation is now underway and anyone with information that could assist us is asked to get in touch with the Collision Investigation Unit."

He added: “The thoughts of the entire Police Service are with the families, friends and loved ones of those who have lost their lives.”

On Monday, the Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon branch of PSNI said that the Ballynahonemore Road in Armagh remained closed as enquiries continued.

Tributes have been widespread to the four victims who were all in their 20s.

Crilly, from Ballymacnab, is survived by her young son, her mother, and her two brothers, according to The Belfast Telegraph.

Mallon, from Middletown, was remembered as "not only a loyal employee, but a friend to both staff and customers alike, always helpful and smiling" by Mullans Spar in Armagh, according to The Irish News.

A friend of both Crilly and Mallon wrote on social media: "Girls you leave this world to fast. You both could light up a room with your smile. Thank you for all of the laughter and unforgettable memories from work . I will miss you so very much! Forever in my heart. Rest in peace beautiful girs. God bless your families in this hard and sad time."

Mitchell, from Markethill, is remembered as "beloved son of Janet and Roy, dearly loved brother of Keith (Courtney), Andrew (Danielle) and Tracey (Jonny), cherished Grandson of Beth, dear uncle of Curtis, Kayleb, Rohoda-Beth, Harvey, Josh and Hannah."

"Devastated, don't have words for it will miss the phone calls and the craic, will be a big empty space in August without my best man," one of Mitchell's friends posted on social media. "Rest easy Phil."

Morrison, from Tynan, is remembered as the "beloved son of Alwyn and Lisa, loving brother of Denise, Georgina, Emily and Melanie, step son of Christine Wright."

Haffey Sports Grounds, where Morrison worked, said they were "completely shocked and saddened" after the sudden death.

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First Minister of Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill said the deaths were "heartbreaking" and that her thoughts go out to the victims' families, friends and local communities.

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Emma Little-Pengelly said: "My heart breaks for the grief of their families and friends. What a tragedy."

Jeffrey Donaldson, head of Northern Ireland's DUP, said his thoughts and prayers were with the families of the four victims.