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double blow Mum-of-five Sandra Boyd's death in Finglas is second tragedy to hit Dublin family

Sandra’s cousin Josh Boyd (19) was killed on January 1 after the bike he was riding struck a lamp post

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Sandra Boyd

Sandra Boyd

Sandra Boyd

The murder of mum-of-five Sandra Boyd in Finglas at the weekend is the second tragedy to hit the family in recent months, it has emerged. 

Sandra (36) suffered a fatal gunshot wound following 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 but was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

Sandra’s cousin Josh Boyd (19) was killed on January 1 after the bike he was riding struck a lamp post while travelling on Sillogue Road in Ballymun, Dublin.

Condolences flooded in for the young Dublin man of Marewood Crescent, Ballymun, who was later laid to rest in Glasnevin Cemetery after his funeral in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Sillogue.

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Josh Boyd

Josh Boyd

Meanwhile, a man arrested over the fatal shooting is being held on suspicion of murder.

The man, in his late 20s, is currently being detained at Finglas Garda Station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.

It is understood gardaí believe the innocent mother of five may have been accidentally shot dead.

A significant investigation is underway and at this stage gardaí believe that a firearm was discharged inside the property resulting in Ms Boyd being accidentally shot.

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

Sandra Boyd was originally from the Finglas area and the mother to four boys and an infant girl.

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Friends on social media described her as “one of a kind” and “a diamond” while revealing their heartbreak at her killing.

One person wrote online: “I’m just lost for words. Absolutely heartbroken for you and your family Sandra Boyd. 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.”

On Sunday gardaí carried out door-to-door inquiries while they also reviewed CCTV footage from the area.

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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.

Sinn Féin councillor Anthony Connaghan told the Irish Independent: “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 is 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 live 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. All these nearly finds 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,” she said.

“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 a 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,” he added.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed this 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 01 666 7500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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