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Funeral of George Nkencho, who was shot dead by Gardai, took place in Dublin

DUBLIN: More than 100 people came to pay tribute to George Nkencho, who was shot dead by gardaí last December. Funeral services were held this afternoon at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Dublin.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only ten people attended the ceremony. But a crowd of more than a hundred friends and neighbors had gathered outside the church to pay their respects.

George Nkencho was shot dead by Gardai on December 30, 2020, outside his home in Clonee, West Dublin. Members of the Blanchardstown Garda Armed Support Unit (ASU) shot Nkencho for allegedly threatening Gardai with a knife. The 27-year-old was suffering from mental health issues at the time.

In her eulogy at the start of her brother’s funeral Mass, Nkencho’s sister described his death as “untimely, unplanned and unwanted”.

“This is in memory of my brother, for everything he stood for, for all that he believed in.

 It was untimely, unplanned and unwanted, but he is welcomed into the bosom of the Lord.

 He is at peace, he is happy, my family will be at peace,” Gloria Nkencho said.

“Remember George for not what they said about him, but for who he is and for who he will forever be in our hearts. A brother, a son, a nephew, a best friend, a cousin, a team-mate, a classmate, a partner. He is at peace and we love you,” his sister added.

After the funeral service from Sacred Heart Church, the coffin was taken to the Mulhudart Cemetery, covered in the flag of Insaka Glentoran Football Academy.

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