Tuesday 30 May 2017

Children of slain diving boss pay tribute to beloved dad

Shane Hickey

THE five children of an Irishman murdered alongside his wife in South Africa have said the pair were "devoted to each other" and had a "fantastic passion for life".

Diving school boss Kevin McGuirk (53), originally from Dublin, and his South African wife Kim (34) died early last week after being shot at their home near Johannesburg.

Ms McGuirk's father, Erwin Poppinger, has been charged with the murders.

A number of members of Mr McGuirk's family travelled to South Africa following his death.

Last night his five children issued a statement describing their grief.

"We, as a family, are devastated by the tragic events which have occurred in South Africa," it said. "We are deeply saddened by the death of our father Kevin and his wife Kim.

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"Our father Kevin and his wife Kim were wonderful people. They were devoted to each other and everyone could see that the love they shared was truly something special.

"They both had a fantastic passion for life and together they embarked on many new and fun adventures in South Africa and beyond and doing so together made them both so happy in their lives.

"We think of them with great sadness as they begin a new adventure together."

The bloodied bodies of the McGuirks were found at their home in the Alberton area outside Johannesburg early last week. Both had been shot at point-blank range as they got ready for bed.

Mr McGuirk had been shot in the back and his wife had been blasted in the head.

The couple are understood to have met through their shared love of scuba diving and ran a successful dive tourism business from their home.

Last night it emerged the couple are to be cremated in South Africa and their ashes scattered on Table Mountain in Cape Town.

Irish Independent

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