Innocent gang victim Roy Collins' mother has died
'Carmel was my rock and without her I would never have been able to keep the strong front I had'
CARMEL Collins, the mother of innocent gang victim Roy Collins, has died.
Mrs Collins, who had been suffering from cancer, passed away early this morning.
Roy Collins was just 35 when he was shot dead by members of the Dundon-McCarthy gang in Limerick in 2009.
The gang was dubbed ‘Murder Inc’ due to the ruthless bloodshed that Limerick endured.
But the killing of the young businessman in a Roxboro casino was a watershed moment for the city that had suffered under gang-related feuding for years.
Roy’s parents Carmel and Steve bravely stood up to the gangsters and galvanised the city in a clamour for change.
The organised marches through the streets of the city, calling for laws on gangland violence to be strengthened.
Eventually Wayne Dundon, James Dillon and Nathan Killeen were all jailed in relation to the murder.
Mr Collins told Independent.ie this afternoon: "Carmel was my rock and without her I would never have been able to keep the strong front I had. She was my life partner and friend, a wonderful, wonderful mother."
Poignantly, Roy Collins was killed just before Easter weekend - on Holy Thursday, April 9, 2009.
Mrs Collins’ funeral is expected to take place in Limerick on Wednesday.
The Collins family left the country for some time following the killing, but Mr Collins admitted they found it “very, very difficult” to be away from family and Ireland. They recently returned to Limerick.
Mr Collins recently told the Limerick Today Show on Live 95: "My wife is very ill at the minute, it's taken it's toll on her. She's a cancer victim now and the stress has a lot to do with this.”
He added: "Losing a child, I think it's every parent's nightmare. It just never leaves you, it haunts you, you can never get over it.
"Even though it's ten years and it's significant to a lot of people, it's just heartbreak for us every year, every day."