A mother of five who was fatally shot in her parents’ Finglas home is remembered as an amazing mother who loved and lived for her children.
Andra Boyd, 36, died after being shot in the chest behind her parents’ home on Collins Place, Finglas East, around 8.40pm on Saturday March 19.
Her brother Derek Boyd, 27, is charged in court in connection with the fatal shooting. He is charged with illegal possession of weapons and ammunition and was in custody for a week when he appeared in court last Wednesday.
His lawyer told the court that the two charges related to “a horrific accident” and a “heartbreaking tragedy” and that Mr Boyd’s family are on trial to support him.
Mrs. Boyd is survived by mother Teresa, stepfather Alan, father Derek, fiancé Darren, children Ben, Jordan, Luke, Carter and Darcy; sisters Tanya, Mandy, Nicola, Danielle, Melissa and Megan; brothers Derek and Gerard; Aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
They gathered for her funeral with the wider congregation this morning at St Canice’s Church in Finglas.
In another tragedy for the family, a man found dead in a tent in Dublin city center two days after Mrs Boyd died, became her cousin Thomas Boyd Dowling. His funeral will be held tomorrow at the same church.
Ms Boyd’s white coffin was brought to the church in a carriage drawn by two black horses, led by a saxophonist playing the Coldplay song ‘Fix You’. Young students from the local Beneavin College formed an honor guard as the coffin was brought into the church in the warm spring sunshine.
Symbols brought to the altar by her sons Ben, Jordan, Luke and Carter to symbolize Ms Boyd’s life were a bottle of Jack Daniels, a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of perfume and a family photograph.
During his homily, Father Richard Hyland shared how Ms Boyd’s family’s life was turned upside down and how there has been an outpouring of compassion since her death and that she was “an amazing mother who loved and lived for her children”. .
“Sandra’s idea of a good night was a movie and lots of treats for her kids.
“And Sandra delights in the simplest things in life. No fuss. No bother. Sandra was taken from us all too soon and we remember her love, caring and friendship and how our lives have been blessed by her.” he added.
Fr Hyland also offered a Hail Mary prayer for Mrs Boyd’s brother Derek, referring to him as his family knows him – DJ, and asking Mary to take him into her care.
During communion, one of the songs sung by a soloist was “Baby Can I Hold You,” made famous by Tracy Chapman.
At the end of the funeral service, one of Mrs Boyd’s sisters said that Sandra means so much to all who have had the privilege of sharing her life.
“She was very special to everyone, especially her four beautiful sons Ben, Jordan, Luke and Carter and their little girl Darcy,” she said.
She shared that Ms Boyd came from a large family of seven girls and two boys and was always very protective of everyone she loved. She said they used to laugh a lot with Sandra about their knowledge of human nature.
“Sandra was so much more sociable when she was having a few drinks, and she often shared quotes about herself with family members.
“To quote one thing – my first instinct when I see an animal is to say hello. My first instinct when I see a person is to avoid eye contact and hope they go away,” she said.
“Sandra loved the simple things in life. She never asked for much and everything she had she gave to her children,” she added.
After the funeral mass, Mrs Boyd’s remains were taken to Glasnevin Cemetery for burial.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/shot-mother-of-five-remembered-as-a-loving-mother-at-funeral-41495356.html Shot dead mother of five Sandra Boyd remembered as a loving mother at the funeral