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family plea Mourners vow fortnight of protest over shooting of George Nkencho

Family ask with public to not share video of gun death of George Nkencho in the garden of his home in Clonee


People march in a protest against the shooting of George Nkencho outside Blanchardstown Garda station

People march in a protest against the shooting of George Nkencho outside Blanchardstown Garda station

People march in a protest against the shooting of George Nkencho outside Blanchardstown Garda station

PROTESTERS angry at the death of George Nkencho are vowing to gather outside Dublin's Blanchardstown garda station for the next two weeks.

And Mr Nkencho's sister has pleaded with the public to not share videos of her brother (27) being shot by gardaí after footage was circulated on social media.

She said he had "serious mental illness and those who knew him know the type of person he was, he was not a thug nor a criminal".

In an online statement she wrote: "Thank you all for your condolences and prayers. My siblings and I have witnessed the most traumatic experience of our lives as our brother was shot in front of us.

"My family greatly appreciate everything everyone is doing. I kindly ask to refrain from sharing the video of the shooting. It is not something I wish to be reminded of."

One of the organisers of yesterday's protest at Blanchardstown garda station said they will be protesting outside the station for the next 14 days from 10am to noon.

Protester JK Onwumereh said the community was angry and wanted a fair and thorough investigation into Mr Nkencho's death in Clonee on the Dublin-Meath border two days ago.

"The community organised this protest. It's spontaneous. Obviously we are commiserating with the family," he said.

"The expectation is to express how the community feels - but also to state very clearly that we don't think what happened has a place within this community in the general sense.

"We want justice to be done. So we want a thorough investigation into the incident in question because there are a lot of grey areas and things that people don't understand.

"We want a very fair investigation and if anybody is found culpable, if anyone is found to have overreached themselves or done stuff they shouldn't have done, obviously we want the full course of the law to take its course."

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar tweeted: "My sympathies go to the family of the young man who lost his life in Clonee yesterday.

"Thoughts also with the gardaí and shop workers who were involved in the incident.

"I would also urge people, especially public representatives, not to add to social media speculation about the incident. That is unhelpful."

Mr Nkencho was shot in the garden of his home by gardaí at around 12.35pm on Wednesday and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is investigating the fatal shooting at Manorsfields Drive, close to Hartstown.

Yesterday around 200 people protested outside Blanchardstown garda station over the death of Mr Nkencho.

The protesters chanted "How many people Garda must kill?" and "Justice for George".

Anita Ogbombo said Mr Nkencho was shot outside his home while his mother was there and that she is "disgusted" by this. "They didn't just kill George. They killed the whole family," she said.

Mr Nkencho was armed with a knife and gardaí had received reports of disturbances in a nearby shopping centre.

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.

Gardaí are "very conscious" of the "major tension" in the community and have put in place a policing plan.

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