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Fundraiser GoFundMe for George Nkencho raises over €20,000 for funeral costs

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TRAGIC: George Nkencho died after being shot in a garden

TRAGIC: George Nkencho died after being shot in a garden

TRAGIC: George Nkencho died after being shot in a garden

A GoFundMe page set up to raise funds to cover the funeral costs for George Nkencho has surpassed its €20,000 target, just five days after it was launched. 

A total of €20,209 has been raised as of lunchtime today.

The page states that "Katie B is organising this fundraising appeal on behalf of Gloria Nkencho" and that it was created five days ago.

“George Nkencho was fatally shot on Wednesday 30th December 2020,” it states.

“This fundraiser is to try and help the Nkencho family worry about one less thing right now & help raise some funds for the cost of George’s funeral & any other costs that may arise.”

It adds: “The Nkencho family - we are thinking of you all and we are all so sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace George.”

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Friends of George Nkencho protest outside Blanchardstown Garda station, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Friends of George Nkencho protest outside Blanchardstown Garda station, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Friends of George Nkencho protest outside Blanchardstown Garda station, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

The page states that all funds will be transferred immediately to Gloria Nkencho once the fundraiser has reached its target.

“This fundraiser is organized by a family friend,” it adds. “The family are aware of the fundraiser.”

The page detail reveal that there were 179 donors, and 1.1k shares.

Meanwhile, an autopsy by the State Pathologist’s office has confirmed Mr Nkencho died as a result of two shots to the chest.

According to The Irish Times: ‘It is understood solicitors for the Nkencho family plan to have an independent autopsy conducted on Mr Nkencho’s remains and to have independent experts analyse footage of the shooting.

GSOC is investigating the incident that “involved the discharge of an official firearm in Clonee" after Gardaí had been called following reports of a man armed with a knife at a Eurospar shop in Hartstown”.

George Nkencho had reportedly threatened staff at the shop at around 12.15pm.

Mr Nkencho then fled from the shop, threatening uniformed gardaí with a knife as he made his way home a short distance away at Manorfields Drive.

His family have said he “suffered from mental health issues” in recent years.

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George Nkencho’s mother, Blessing, arrives at the scene of the shooting

George Nkencho’s mother, Blessing, arrives at the scene of the shooting

George Nkencho’s mother, Blessing, arrives at the scene of the shooting

Around a dozen gardaí were present at the scene, including members of the Armed Support Unit, and gardaí say they were also threatened with a knife.

They implemented what gardaí call a graduated policing response.

This is where the use of less-than-lethal force options are initially administered in an effort to resolve an incident.

Gardaí say the less-than-lethal use of force options were unsuccessful, and a number of shots were fired from an official garda firearm at around 12.35pm.

Senior sources said the decision to fire shots was because the gardaí believed there was an "imminent threat to life".

"He had been pepper sprayed and tasered but when this did not work the use of lethal force became necessary. There were concerns that he could kill someone," a source said.

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