Saturday 16 November 2019

Family waits on remains of dad shot in Nigeria

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

THE funeral of an Irishman shot dead in Nigeria last week will not take place until Thursday or Friday this week.

Engineer Robert Gray (right), from Westport in Co Mayo, was shot dead and his driver injured in an ambush in the south-east of the country last Thursday.

But the 45-year-old's remains will not arrive home until today or tomorrow, Fr Karl Burns, from St Mary's parish in Westport, said yesterday.

"As you can expect, the family are very upset," he said.

The funeral should take place at the end of the week, but there was no "definite" plans in place.

Mr Gray, a father of two, was in Nigeria working on road construction projects when the car in which he was travelling was ambushed last Thursday at around 5.30pm.

He was travelling with a Nigerian driver in the town of Takum in the eastern Taraba state, near the Cameroon border, when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle, killing Mr Gray and wounding his driver.

Mr Gray, who was married to nurse Jeanette Kearns and had twin daughters, had worked for a number of years in the west African state with international firm PW Group on road construction projects.

Mr Gray was in Ireland earlier this year for his twin daughters' confirmation. It is also understood that he had recently expressed concerns about his safety and was considering returning home.

Irish Independent

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