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Sunday 17 December 2017

'It was only a matter of time before something like this happened here'

MOTHERS walking to school today could hardly contain their shock that a teenage girl had been murdered in cold blood on their doorstep.

Had it been summer, their own young children and teenagers may have been out playing on the road where Melanie McCarthy McNamara was shot last night.

It wouldn't be usual to see children in the streets around Brookview Way at 10.30 at night -- but thankfully last night wasn't one of those nights.

A loud bang would be nothing out of the ordinary in the family estate, but mums would usually dismiss it as a football bouncing off the wall, or a car backfiring.







Shattered

The sprawling housing estate near Fettercairn, in Tallaght, is a mix of bungalows, semi-detached houses and three-storey homes.

It is a very young neighbourhood, with bikes and scooters discarded in the front gardens.

Many families were already in bed by the time the silence was shattered last night and there was no sign of any car or shattered glass by the time they left their homes today. The estate was eerily quiet this morning with little sign of the tragedy, except for a small area cordoned off by a female garda.

"Everybody is in shock," one mother told the Herald.

"Thankfully it wasn't the summer, because my kids would still be out playing at that time.

"I heard a bang. I was in bed but I thought it was just a football or something. I thought nothing more of it. It's unbelievable. A lot of the teenagers around here are okay. There are a few bad ones, like everywhere, but I don't get involved. There have been cars burned out, houses boarded up, but you just have to shut your door to it all."







Students

Another dad taking his three children to school said: "It was only a matter of time before something like this happened."

Two employees from St Aidan's Community School, around the corner, were driving around trying to find out more information, and whether the girl was one of their students.

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