GARDAI were last night attempting to establish whether a third party was involved in the violent deaths of a young man and woman who died from gunshot wounds.
The bodies of Des Kelly (23) and Breda Waters (28) were found in a house in O'Malley Park, Southill, Co Limerick, yesterday. Both had suffered gunshot wounds to the head.
While no gun was found, gardai are attempting to establish whether another person was involved in the shootings or if the weapon may have been moved.
State Pathologist Marie Cassidy is due to arrive at the scene at 531 Castle Oaks View today to conduct post-mortem examinations.
Officers hope this will help them establish the causes of death. The bodies remained at the house last night.
Ms Waters was found dead upstairs in a bed. She suffered a gun wound at close range to the head.
Kelly's body was found downstairs near the back door of the terraced home. He was a well-known criminal in Limerick who was released from prison recently. A single shotgun cartridge was found on the stairs.
There were no signs of a break-in or struggle at the property. The alarm was raised by a neighbour shortly before 11.30am.
It is understood that Ms Waters and another woman made their way to the Southill home on Saturday.
The woman and another man left the house following a party around 2am yesterday while Kelly and Ms Waters remained there. A relative of Kelly's and her six-month-old child also stayed overnight at the home.
Gardai are attempting to interview all who were at the house on Saturday night or yesterday morning.
Kelly previously served a four-year sentence after he drove a stolen BMW, which knocked down and killed Tanya Nunan (15) in Limerick in 2002.
Kelly, from O'Malley Park, was also convicted for a number of robberies and violent assaults. He has three children from a previous relationship.
A younger brother of Kelly's, who was at the scene yesterday, was visibly upset and was consoled by neighbours.
Ms Waters comes from a large family in the St Mary's Park area of the city. She lived at St Munchin's Court and has three young children.
Southill parish priest Fr Pat Hogan, who lives across the road from the scene of the two deaths, described it as a "double tragedy".
"It is shocking, we are just after finding out about it, but it is absolutely shocking," Fr Hogan said.
"It is the beginning of a new year and it is the worst kind of start to any new year. No mother needs to hear this or no brother needs to hear this.
"I don't know the circumstances -- the lead up to it. I was here all night last night. I was what, 100 yards from the house, and I didn't hear anything or see anything," he said.
Fr Hogan called on all who may have information on the violent deaths to co-operate and assist gardai in their investigations.
The priest said the family of Kelly had suffered tragedy in the past.
"It is also very depressing that this is not the first member of this family to die. I knew other family members, brothers of this man who are dead," Fr Hogan said.
"I know one of the other brothers very well. They were very nice and very decent. This is terrible. Whatever happened here is absolutely shocking."