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Friday 28 April 2017

Friends in bid to raise cash to help Reece's heartbroken family

Sophie Evans, girlfriend of Reece Cullen who was stabbed to death
Sophie Evans, girlfriend of Reece Cullen who was stabbed to death
Stab victim Reece

Friends of a teenager who was stabbed to death at a house in the capital are hoping to raise money to help his family following his murder.

Reece Cullen (16) was fatally injured following an attack at a house in Kilclare Crescent, Tallaght, on Thursday of last week.

Gardai are currently attempting to find another teenager who they want to question in relation to the killing.

Friends of Reece plan to raise funds for his family in the wake of the tragedy. Several gofundme pages have been set up, with close to €1,000 raised in hours.

Two individual pages have raised €750 so far, but they hope to collect at least €2,000 for Reece's devastated family.

Investigating officers at Tallaght Garda Station arrested a 14-year-old boy for questioning on Friday morning.

He was detained for several hours, after handing himself in to gardai, but was later released without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP.

Detectives are currently attempting to locate another teenager who may have been involved in the knife attack.

The murder weapon has not yet been recovered.

A post-mortem has determined that Reece suffered one stab wound to the heart when he was attacked at the home in Kilclare Crescent in Jobstown.

It is not the first tragedy to strike the family after Reece's mother Ann Marie Cullen died in September. Prior to Ann Marie's death in September, Reece's family home had also been targeted by vandals.

A fatally wounded Reece was found bleeding heavily by a neighbour shortly after 3pm last Thursday. The neighbour immediately alerted the emergency services and desperate efforts were made to save Reece's life, but he was pronounced dead at Tallaght Hospital a short while later.

The victim's girlfriend, Sophie Evans (17) has described how she was on the phone to Reece when the attack took place.

Attack

"He was stabbed and I just heard him screaming. Then the phone went off," Sophie told the Herald in an exclusive interview.

"He was just saying he was walking out the front door to come around. That's when he was struck. He said 'I'm on the way down to you baby', then I heard him screaming, saying 'My heart, my heart'.

"Then that was it," she said.

Speaking from her home alongside her mum Julie, Sophie fought back tears as she spoke of Reece's final moments and their time together.

She said she heard no argument on the phone and that Reece had been attacked unexpectedly.

Reece's friends called her soon after and told her to get to the hospital immediately.

"It was horrible, I'd never ever wish that feeling on my worst enemy," Sophie said.

Her mother said she drove to the hospital, but doesn't even remember the journey.

"Then the lads just all came out with their heads shaking," she said.

The details of Reece's funeral are expected to be released later today.

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