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The candlelight vigil was held after the shooting of George Nkencho




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 ombudsman’s Guard Commission (Gsoc) is conducting an investigation into the death.

Stephen Ng’ang’a and 11-year-old daughter Stephanie during a candlelight vigil outside Blanchardstown Garda station (Brian Lawless / PA)

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.

A generation is gone like that, and we are here in the cold in this harsh 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 against the injustices we face every day, the speaker added.

That’s why people are here. We would rather endure the challenges we have to face today in order to ensure that our future is cared for.

We want to thank each and every one of you.

People during a march in Blanchardstown, Dublin (Brian Lawless / PA)

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