Gardai believe man shot and killed partner and son in suspected murder-suicide in Lixnaw, Co Kerry
A Parish priest has told how he prayed at the house of Tuesday night's suspected murder-suicide in Kerry.
Gardai believe a man in his 60s shot and killed his long-time partner and her 23-year-old son at their house near Lixnaw sometime in the last 48 hours.
Gardai rushed to the scene at around 9pm on Tuesday night and the man’s body was subsequently discovered with apparently self-inflicted injuries at a nearby neighbour’s garden.
A firearm has also been recovered near the scene as Garda forensic officers are set to arrive later this afternoon.
The family are well known in the area, with the woman’s son involved in a local crane business in recent times.
And speaking to us, local parish priest Fr Anthony O’Sullivan told how he went up to the house last night and said prayers for the three deceased.
“I said prayers at the house. I got a call and the guards said no problem and let me up. I prayed to three people and said prayers for the dead.
“So look you don’t expect that. My heart is broke. I've been impacted with disbelief that this has happened.
“We’re in shock and numb. There’s a sense of unreality with this locally.
“It’s a tragedy. People are numb with shock. It’s a good community, a caring community and peoples hearts are broken,” he said.
Local Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae also told us he was shocked at the news.
“I’m shocked and horrified at this awful event. It’s terrible hard to understand.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and extended family at this time,” he said.
Local councillor Aoife Thornton also added: “It’s very shocking and the entire community is in shock.
“My thoughts are with the family at this time.”
The area is currently preserved and investigations are ongoing.
A garda spokesperson said they are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident at this time.
They said: "Gardaí in Listowel are currently at the scene of an incident at a domestic residence in North County Kerry, this evening, Tuesday 7th September, 2021.
"Gardaí attended a scene and located the body of a female (60s) and a male (20s) inside the dwelling. The body of a male (60s) was discovered outside at the rear of the dwelling. All three bodies have gunshot wounds. A firearm has been recovered at the scene."