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A candlelight vigil has been held for George Nkencho, who was shot dead by an armed guard in Dublin.

Up to 200 people, including many of the 27-year-old’s friends and family, attended the vigil held in Blanchardstown on Wednesday evening.

Mr Nkencho was shot six times outside his home in Clonee, West Dublin, on Wednesday 30 December.

He allegedly was marking a knife and threatening the guard before being shot by members of the Blanchardstown Guard Armed Support Unit.

The Siochana Gardens Ombudsman Commission is conducting an investigation into the death.

A candlelight vigil in honor of George Nkencho outside Blanchardstown Guard Station this evening. Photo by Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
(Image: Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin)

Family, friends and members of the public held candles and sang as they walked in memory of Mr. Nkencho.

A number of people held placards, an Irish flag, and banners calling for justice for Mr. Nkencho.

Participants were reminded to follow health guidelines and make sure they were distanced from society by other participants.

The crowd marched from Church Road to Blanchardstown guard station where they held a candlelit vigil.

There was a small guard presence in the area.

Standing outside the guard station, they repeatedly called his name and called for justice.

Supporters and friends of George Nkencho’s family held a candlelight vigil in honor of George Nkencho outside Blanchardstown Garda Station this evening
(Image: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin)

“A generation is gone like that, and we are here in the cold in this tough time to fight for justice,” said one speaker.

“Justice for George Nkencho. This guy has a name.

“We are all here because of George Nkencho and justice must prevail, whether they like it or not.”

Another speaker praised those who participated, especially during the pandemic.

“We know that life is meaningless if we are not prepared to fight the injustices we face every day,” he added.

“That’s why people are here. We better endure the challenges we have to face today in order to ensure that our future is taken care of.

“We want to thank each and every one of you.”

Former Solidarity TD and activist Ruth Coppinger were among those who spoke on the eve.

13/01/2021 Supporters and friends of George Nkencho’s family held a candlelight vigil in honor of George Nkencho in Blanchardstown Dublin this evening. Photo by Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

It hit those who have been causing disruption in the community since Mr Nkencho’s death, describing them as “completely reprehensible”.

“The far right and racists are trying to use this tragedy to divide this community,” she added.

“They have nothing to offer society as we saw during Covid, and now here they are trying to use this tragedy. We will not let it happen.

“It is with the utmost seriousness that a young man is shot on their doorstep not once, but six times, very shortly after he was caught.

“There are big questions here that the Guard and the State of Ireland need to answer.

“We have to have a public investigation, we have to have a transparent and thorough investigation.

“Racism is not something we will accept, we will not accept that young people who go to school together are separated in this way.

“Unfortunately when people do not experience discrimination, they do not understand it.

“People have said that this can happen to a white person and they are right, it can happen to a traveler or a working class asset.

“But that is not going to happen to a rich man who is white and from Castleknock or Dalkey.”



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