Tuesday 20 February 2018

Video: Devastated family travels to capital as word spreads

Barry Duggan and Brian Hutton

MELANIE McCarthy- McNamara (16) lived in Dublin, but was a familiar face on the southside of Limerick city where she returned to spend time with relations on a regular basis. She was two weeks from her 17th birthday.

Several of Melanie's relations left their home at Ballyclough Avenue in Ballinacurra-Weston and travelled to Dublin yesterday morning as word of her murder spread.

Her mother Melissa -- who is in her early 30s -- grew up in Limerick and attended Presentation Secondary School in the city.

Melanie's father is known as Shaky. He comes from a large Traveller family, also from Limerick city.

He is a cousin of Larry McCarthy junior, who was jailed in 2006 for acting as sales rep for an illegal arms 'supermarket' in London. He was released in recent years.

Melanie's boyfriend Christy Moran was in the car that she was shot in. The Irish Independent has learned that the couple had been going out for 18 months.

Her paternal grandfather moved between London and Limerick, and Melanie grew up in the English capital.

It is understood she moved to Dublin to live with her boyfriend and he was being comforted by her family yesterday.

The girl's aunt, who answered the door at her house in the Drumcairn Avenue area of Tallaght yesterday, said Melanie was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"She was an innocent child, she had nothing to do with anything," she said.

"She didn't deserve it. She wasn't the target. She was never involved in anything in her life."

And many neighbours interviewed in the Drumcairn area yesterday claimed not to have known her, only seeing her occasionally in the area with Christy.

Some of Melanie's friends referred to Christy as her "husband" and said the two were destined to be married before the gun attack.

Tributes were paid to her online yesterday as friends came to terms with the shocking murder.

Irish Independent

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