Thursday 22 August 2019

Champion boxer Kevin Sheehy died from injuries 'consistent with a fatal road traffic collision' - garda sources

Rising star: Father-to-be Kevin Sheehy (20) died after being hit by a 4x4 in Limerick city. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Rising star: Father-to-be Kevin Sheehy (20) died after being hit by a 4x4 in Limerick city. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Class: Boxer Kevin Sheehy had planned to turn professional. Photo: Sportsfile

David Raleigh

CHAMPION boxer Kevin Sheehy died from injuries “consistent with a fatal road traffic collision”, garda sources have said.

However, gardai added that “for operational reasons” they were not releasing the specific results of a post mortem carried out on Mr Sheehy’s body earlier.

The five-times Irish boxing champion, from John Carew Park in Limerick, was knocked down and killed yesterday, in what gardai believe was a deliberate murder hit.

A black SUV that struck Mr Sheehy (20) in the early hours of Monday, at Hyde Road, situated on the south of Limerick city, left the scene and travelled across the city before been abandoned near the Gaelic Grounds GAA Stadium, Ennis Road.

Class: Boxer Kevin Sheehy had planned to turn professional. Photo: Sportsfile
Class: Boxer Kevin Sheehy had planned to turn professional. Photo: Sportsfile

The exact motive for the alleged murder is not known, however gardai were investigating claims from sources that Mr Sheehy was killed after “banter” and “slagging” was exchanged between parties attending a house party on the morning he was killed.

Two men being arrested by gardai on Monday night, on suspicion of murdering Mr Sheehy, are still being questioned at garda stations in Limerick tonight.

A decision on their detentions is expected in the next hour or so, garda sources said.

Mr Sheehy’s family and friends were expected to attend a vigil in his local community tonight where balloons were to be released into the sky to remember the rising sports star.

Sheehy had represented Ireland in the ring in European competitions, and, he had set his sights on earning a place in the Irish boxing team for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Local parish priest Fr Walsh said prayers for Mr Sheehy’s family and his pregnant partner Emma Colbert who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in the course of the next five weeks.

“I met her at the scene of the incident earlier. All I can say is that she was completely devastated, as indeed all the family are. People are numb by the tragedy, because he was such a young man with a bright future before him, and, all that’s just gone,” Fr Walsh said.

“Our hearts go out to them. What more can we do, but offer our hand of friendship and prayer, and that’s what we have been doing in the church.”

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