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RIP Dublin mum Sandra Boyd ‘accidentally shot dead by person she knew’ in Finglas

At this stage, it is being investigated whether a person known to Ms Boyd may have mistakenly fired the weapon, resulting in her suffering fatal injuries.

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Sandra Boyd had five children, four boys and a sixth-month-old girl.

Sandra Boyd had five children, four boys and a sixth-month-old girl.

Garda forensic officers work at the scene in Finglas, north Dublin, where Sandra Boyd (36) was fatally shot on Saturday night. Photo: PA

Garda forensic officers work at the scene in Finglas, north Dublin, where Sandra Boyd (36) was fatally shot on Saturday night. Photo: PA

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Sandra Boyd had five children, four boys and a sixth-month-old girl.

Gardaí are investigating whether an innocent mother-of-five was accidentally shot dead by a person known to her in Dublin at the weekend.

Sandra Boyd (36) suffered a fatal gunshot wound during the incident at a house in Collins Place, Finglas, shortly before 9pm on Saturday.

Emergency services were alerted and she was rushed to the Mater Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Friends and loved ones paid tribute have been paid to the young mother, describing her as “one of a kind”.

A significant inquiry with all the resources of a murder investigation is under way and gardaí are trying to find out what led to the gun being fired.

At this stage, it is being investigated whether a person known to Ms Boyd may have mistakenly fired the weapon, resulting in her suffering fatal injuries.

Gardaí are still in the process of finding everyone who was at the house on Saturday night and no arrests have yet been made.

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Gardaí at the scene in Finglas, north Dublin, where Sandra Boyd was shot on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Condren.

Gardaí at the scene in Finglas, north Dublin, where Sandra Boyd was shot on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Condren.

Gardaí at the scene in Finglas, north Dublin, where Sandra Boyd was shot on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Condren.


They are also inquiring whether an incident last week in which shots were fired at a nearby property may have increased tensions in the area and led to a gun being produced at the house on Saturday night.

A firearm, understood to be a handgun, has also been recovered by investigators and has been sent for ballistic tests.

Ms Boyd was originally from the Finglas area and the mother of four boys and a baby girl. Locals yesterday expressed their shock at news of the tragedy.

Friends on social media described her as “one of a kind” and “a diamond”, saying they were heartbroken at her killing. One person wrote online: “I’m just lost for words. Absolutely heartbroken for you and your family, Sandra Boyd.

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“You were a diamond. Look over your babies and family at this devastating time. RIP beautiful.”

Another post said: “Absolutely shocking news. What kind of world are we living in?

“Absolutely heart-breaking. Rest in peace Sandra, you truly were one of a kind.

“Look down on your kids and your family.”

Yesterday, gardaí carried out door-to-door inquiries while they also canvassed CCTV footage from the area.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau have also carried out an examination of the scene.

Local Sinn Féin councillor Anthony Connaghan told the Sunday World: “A young lady with kids is after losing her life and it’s shocking.

“I just want to try and get the guns off the streets to prevent this. We’ve had a number of incidents in the Finglas community over the last few months, so we’d be calling for extra Garda resources to deal with the problem.

“It’s clear when the guards are on the ground in areas where there’s drug or gangland activity, this stops. There are little or no incidents when there’s a visible presence on the ground. We’ve been calling for that for the last few years.”

Cllr Connaghan added that most people in Finglas lived normal lives and “It’s only a tiny minority that are giving the area a bad name”.

“I’m at a football match park here with hundreds of kids around playing matches,” he said.

“All these nearly find themselves tarnished by incidents like this.

“For the amount of good in the area, it’s almost taken out by these small number of
incidents.”

Social Democrats councillor Mary Callaghan said her “heart particularly goes out” to the family of the deceased woman.

“It’s a very tragic situation that has shocked and saddened the whole community. It’s extremely shocking and saddening.

“We were all enjoying a long St Patrick’s weekend and this tragedy has happened in the middle of it. It’s devastating for the family. Guns kill, they’re dangerous and we need to remove them from society.”

She added that “a lot more” must be done to “rid society of the scourge” of drugs and violence.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil councillor Keith Connolly described the killing of the young mother as “harrowing”. “It happened in Finglas east, so it’s quite close to the village and it’s usually a very quiet area.

“Something like that hasn’t happened in the area for quite some time. So, the sense of shock is really immense.”

A Garda spokesman said the coroner had been notified and a post-mortem examination was due to be carried out by the State Pathologist Dr Sally Ann Collis at the city morgue yesterday afternoon.

“The scene remains preserved and a technical examination is currently being conducted by the Garda Technical Bureau. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing,” he said.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

They are asking for anyone driving in the area of Collins park, Ballygall Road West, or any adjacent roads, between 8pm and 9pm on Saturday to contact them.

In particular, they are appealing for drivers and road users who have dashcam or GoPro footage to contact them.

Anyone with information in relation to the shooting is being asked to contact Finglas garda station on 01-666 7500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any station.

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