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'diamond' Gardaí believe mum-of-five Sandra Boyd (36) was shot dead by accident

Ms Boyd has been described as "one of a kind"

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Sandra Boyd

Sandra Boyd

An innocent mother-of-five who gardaí believe may have been accidentally shot dead in Dublin last night has been described as “one of a kind”.

Tributes have been paid to Sandra Boyd (36) who 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.

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.

No arrests have yet been made and detectives are still in the process of locating everyone who was at the house on Saturday night.

A firearm, understood to be a handgun, has also 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, with locals today expressing their shock at the tragedy.

Tributes have been paid to the Dublin woman online, with her devastated sister Megan saying: “Sisters are forever, but mine was taken right before our eyes.

“Sandra Boyd, you are my big sister that I adored every piece of you. If I knew my goodbye in the airport was forever I would have never let you go. I will hold your boys and baby girl as tight as you always did. Your love was endless. I love you so much.”

Sandra’s partner Darren Noonan shared a series of photos of the couple together and said: “Love you forever”

Heart-broken friends and relatives also took to social media to remember the tragic mum.

One person said: “Rest up Sandra Boyd, you were one of a kind, look down over all your family and your kids. I’ll always remember the funny times we had ya (sic) legend. Gone but never forgotten cuz.”

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Another wrote: “Absolutely devastating, thinking of all the Boyd family. Poor Sandra Boyd can’t stop thinking of you! May you get the best bed in heaven, you were an absolutely gem to everyone and me, always had my back and always took your time to text me and make sure I’m OK, gutted I am.”

Someone else penned: “Omg Sandra Boyd, can’t believe you're not here. God, you are going to be missed dearly not only by your boys and your little girl, but by everyone who knows you your mum and Alan bless them, your family are all in my thoughts, RIP San love ya loads.”

And another said: “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.”

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

While no arrests have yet been made, they are following a number of lines of inquiry in relation to the fatal shooting.

Sinn Fein councillor Anthony Connaghan told sundayworld.com: “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.

A Garda spokesman said that the coroner has been notified and a post-mortem was due to be carried out by the State Pathologist, Dr Sally Ann Collis, at the City Morgue this 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," the spokesman said.

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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