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Sunday 18 February 2018

Mother 'won't stop' until son's killer is caught

Tina O'Connor with pictures of her son Warren, left, in his army uniform
and, right, one taken hours before he was stabbed to death
Tina O'Connor with pictures of her son Warren, left, in his army uniform and, right, one taken hours before he was stabbed to death

Louise Hogan

THE devastated mother of a 'good Samaritan' knife-attack victim has vowed she won't stop until her son's killer is punished for the crime.

The family of former Army private Warren O'Connor (24) spoke of their heartache before they marked the first anniversary yesterday of his death by placing a plaque where he was killed in north Dublin. Nobody has been charged with the crime.

In the living room of her home in Coolock, north Dublin, surrounded by photographs of her talented footballer son, Tina O'Connor said: "I won't stop until I get justice for him."

Ms O'Connor said the entire family had been left devastated by the stabbing which the young man simply "didn't deserve".

Among the wall photos is one of a smiling Warren snapped at a friend's birthday celebrations shortly before he died on January 16 last year.

Two hours later he was dead, after being stabbed in the chest with a bread knife. The 24-year-old had gone to help a friend who was being disturbed by a noisy party in the Grattan Wood complex on the Hole in the Wall Road in Donaghmede.

"That is the sort Warren was, he would come and help anybody," his mother said. "He said they just wanted a bit of peace. 'Could you just lower the music down?' That was all he asked and he actually shook hands with these lads that murdered him."

He carried his friend's child out of the complex and they got in to a car along with his friend's heavily pregnant partner. They were followed by a gang, who rammed the car.


His father Fran and older brother Keith (28) rushed to Beaumont Hospital after being told Warren had been attacked.

"I was saying maybe he has a broken leg," Ms O'Connor said. "His father was back 10 minutes later and I went out to the garden and he told me in the garden he was gone. I said: 'What do you mean he is gone?' And I looked up and I realised what he meant. I just collapsed in the garden."

The family said gardai were keeping those responsible under surveillance. "They know exactly who they are," she told the Irish Independent.

An array of sporting photographs, family holiday snapshots, a sympathy card from Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and a trophy for 'Player of the Year' at Coolock Town soccer club remind the family of their sports-mad son and sibling every day.

Gardai at Coolock Station heading the ongoing investigation appealed for anyone who may have information in relation to the incident to contact them at 01 666 4200.

Irish Independent

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