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George Nkencho death ‘untimely and unplanned’

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The sister of a black man shot dead by Irish police has told funeral mourners his death was untimely and unplanned.

George Nkencho, 27, died outside his Dublin home in December.

He was allegedly brandishing a knife and threatened gardai before he was shot by members of an armed support unit.

Mr Nkencho was suffering from mental health issues at the time.

George Nkencho death / PA Wire

His sister Gloria Nkencho said: “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.”

Mr Nkencho was born in Nigeria but moved with his family to Ireland when he was young.

On the day of his death Irish police were called to a shop in Hartstown on the Co Meath/Dublin border.

Police said there was a chase on foot and the man threatened officers with a knife, so an armed support unit was deployed.

The force has said the unit was also threatened with a knife and implemented a graduated policing response where Taser and pepper spray was initially administered but failed to restrain him.

Shots were discharged by gardai and the matter was referred for independent investigation.

George Nkencho funeral / PA Wire

Only 10 people were inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in the capital on Saturday for the funeral, in line with Covid-19 rules.

About 100 friends and neighbours gathered outside the church.

Some held posters in his memory, including Black Lives Matter.

Another displayed his image and said: “Farewell George – we won’t forget, we’ll stand for justice and truth.”

The hearse carried a picture of the victim alongside his white coffin.

A CD, a flag and notebook were placed on the coffin inside the church by members of Mr Nkencho’s family.

Remember George for not what they said about him, but for who he is and for who he will forever be in our hearts

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