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Monday 11 December 2017

Candlelight tribute planned for innocent murder victim Melanie

A silent, candlelit vigil for brutally murdered teenager Melanie McCarthy McNamara, is being planned by the community in Tallaght West.

Residents in Jobstown Park have come together to organise the event as a mark of peaceful respect for the tragic teenager.

The vigil will be open to all.

"It is an event organised by the community for the community" says local councillor and Jobstown resident Marie Corr.

"People are invited to arrive with a candle and stand in silence for five minutes.

"This demonstration will show the community's support for respect -- both inside and outside the community -- and it is also an acknowledgement for what the community has been though. This is not an opportunity for speeches."

Cllr Corr said they had hoped to hold the vigil this week but the weather was against them. The plan now was to hold it some night early next week but the date had yet to be decided.

Some residents wanted to drop leaflets but the message would also be passed on by word of mouth and through Facebook.



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It is almost three weeks since 16-year-old Melanie was shot twice in the head while sitting on the back passenger seat of a parked Nissan Almera on Brookview Way.

She was in the car with her boyfriend Christopher Moran (21) and two other men. After she was shot, her friends drove her to Tallaght hospital, but the young girl was pronounced dead at 1am.

The teenager is believed to be the youngest ever victim of gangland crime.

Hundreds of friends and family attended her funeral in St Dominic's Priory, Kentish Town in North London in the church where Melanie had made her First Communion less than 10 years ago.

She had intended to return there for her marriage to fiance Christopher within the next year.

The young girl was buried in her favourite pink tracksuit and made her final journey in a white horse-drawn carriage amid a sea of pink and white floral tributes.

csheehy@herald.ie

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