Dedicated mother of two left fighting for her life
Published 13/10/2015 | 02:30
The young woman left fighting for her life in hospital after an horrific gun attack is described as a dedicated mother of two young children.
Siobhan Phillips is an aspiring hairdresser who recently began a training course in Newry, Co Down.
The 22-year-old is said to be dedicated to her three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter.
Ms Phillips grew up in the Newry area but spent much of her childhood years in Omeath, where her mother hails from.
"Siobhan spent a lot of time with her granny over the years, but her father is from the North.
"You'd see them around the granny's all the time," said a family friend.
Her extended family - the Wards - are farmers and well-known and respected in the area.
Her grandmother, who is in her 80s, is particularly close to Ms Phillips and her siblings.
"She would be particularly close to Siobhan because she had so much to do with her upbringing," he added. "They are great people."
Siobhan attended the Southern Regional College and the Bush post primary school in Dundalk, Co Louth.
Neighbours said she dated Adrian Crevan Mackin - who shot her and Garda Tony Golden before turning the gun on himself - since her late teens.
She was savagely assaulted by him two nights before the attack.
Her family are keeping a vigil by her bedside.