An innocent mother-of-five who gardaí believe was 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 after the incident at a house in Collins Place, Finglas, just before 9pm on Saturday.
Emergency services were alerted and she was taken to Mater Hospital but sadly pronounced dead a short time later.
An extensive investigation is ongoing and at this stage Gardaí believe a firearm was fired inside the property resulting in Ms Boyd being accidentally shot.
No arrests have been made and detectives are still locating everyone who was in the house on Saturday night.
A firearm believed to be a handgun was also seized by investigators and sent for ballistic testing.
Originally from the Finglas area, Sandra Boyd was a mother of four boys and a little girl. Locals today expressed their shock at the tragedy.
Friends on social media also described her as “one of a kind” and “a diamond” while revealing their heartbreak over her murder.
One person wrote online: “Words fail me. Absolutely heartbroken for you and your family, Sandra Boyd. you were a diamond Look after your babies and your family during this devastating time. RIP nice.”
Another post said: “Absolutely shocking news. What kind of world do we live in. Absolutely heartbreaking. Rest in peace Sandra, you were truly one of a kind. Look down on your children and your family.”
Gardaí conducted door-to-door investigations earlier this morning while also reviewing CCTV footage from the area.
Although no arrests have yet been made, they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into the fatal shooting.
Sinn Féin Councilor Anthony Connaghan told the Irish Independent: “A young lady with children is on the verge of losing her life and it is shocking.
“I just want to try and get the guns off the streets to prevent this from happening. We have had a number of incidents in the Finglas community over the past few months, so we would request additional Garda resources to resolve the issue.
“Clearly, when the guards are on the ground in areas where there is drug or gang activity, it stops. There is little or no incident when there is a visible presence on the ground. We have demanded this in recent years.”
Cllr Connaghan added that most people in Finglas lead normal lives and “it’s just a tiny minority that gives the area a bad name”.
“I’m here in a football playground with hundreds of kids playing games. All of this is almost clouded by incidents like this one.
“For the amount of good in the area, this small number of incidents almost negates it.”
Social Democrat councilor Mary Callaghan said her “heart beats especially for the family of the late woman”.
“It is a very tragic situation that has shocked and saddened the entire community,” she said.
“It’s extremely shocking and sad. We were all enjoying a long St. Patrick’s weekend and this tragedy happened in the middle of it. It’s devastating for the family. Guns kill, they are dangerous and we must remove them from society.”
She added that “much more” needs to be done to rid “society of the scourge” of drugs and violence.
Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil councilor Keith Connolly described the murder of a young mother as “harrowing”.
“It happened to the east of Finglas so it’s very close to the village and usually a very quiet area. There hasn’t been anything like this in the area for a long time. So the sense of shock is really immense,” he added.
A Garda spokesman said the coroner was notified and a post-mortem was scheduled this afternoon by state pathologist Dr. Sally Ann Collis was to be performed at the city morgue.
“The scene remains intact and a technical investigation is currently underway by the Garda Technical Bureau. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing,” the spokesman said.
Gardaí is appealing to anyone with information or who has witnessed this incident to come forward.
They are asking anyone driving in the Collins Park area, Ballygall Road West or adjacent streets on Saturday between 8pm and 9pm to contact them.
They’re particularly appealing to drivers and road users who have dashcam or GoPro footage to connect with them.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Finglas Garda Station on 01 666 7500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/gardai-believe-innocent-mother-of-five-sandra-boyd-36-may-have-been-accidentally-shot-dead-in-finglas-41468409.html Gardai believe innocent mother-of-five Sandra Boyd, 36, was accidentally shot dead in Finglas, North Dublin