Family of Lorcan O'Reilly appeal for "justice"

Tributes to Lorcan O'Reilly at the Oliver Bond flat complex in Dublin
Tributes to Lorcan O'Reilly at the Oliver Bond flat complex in Dublin

The devastated family of murder victim Lorcan O'Reilly have pleaded with the public to assist the gardai in bringing justice to the individual who killed him.

Mr O'Reilly (21) died following a stabbing incident in Dublin city in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

The young man was stabbed to death in the inner city Oliver Bond flat complex as he intervened in a fight. 

He received a single stab wound to the chest and was rushed to nearby St James's Hospital. However, he passed away shortly thereafter. 

His heartbroken relatives are appealing for anybody with information to come forward and assist gardai with their investigation. 

The 21-year-old's uncle Declan paid tribute to his nephew whom he called a “quiet peacekeeper”.

“He was a quiet, inoffensive young man. He would be only too happy to help you out in any way,” O'Reilly told the Mirror. 

“Small things like lifting a buggy or helping neighbours with their bags up the stairs is an example of him.

“He loved his family and brothers and sisters. He was a peacekeeper. He never liked to see anyone bullied or picked on. He was full of love.

 “I believe Tesco and surrounding shops sold out of flowers yesterday, so many people were trying to leave their mark of respect for him.

“We are heartbroken.

He added: “Let the Garda do their job and anybody with information can contact them and get justice for Lorcan.”

Sources also told the Irish Daily Star that the attack may have been witnessed by some individuals who are too afraid to come forward.

"Many people in the complex are just too afraid to go out and speak to gardai," the source said. 

"There is an atmosphere of fear among many of the people, especially the younger ones."

Gardai have identified a suspect, a 15-year-old boy who is feared to have fled the country since the weekend. 

It was reported the boy may have been involved in a number of violent incidents in the past 12 months. His "threatening behaviour" was noted by gardai. 

Superintendent Patrick McMenamin of Kevin Street Garda Station acknowledged the "excellent assistance and co-operation received from the community of the Oliver Bond complex".

He added "there were others" present at the time of the attack who know what happened and urged them to come forward as their information would be vital to the investigation. 

He appealed for witnesses to the incident, in particular, present at the flats complex between 2am and 3am on Sunday, to contact them at Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 6669400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station. 

An incident room has been established at Kevin Street Garda Station and a senior investigating officer and a family liaison officer and a team of detectives have been appointed in this case.