Murder investigation into Gorey teenager’s death

By Dan Walsh

Gardaí have launched a murder investigation after the body of a Gorey teenager was discovered in the driveway of a house on the Trim Road in Enfield, Co. Meath, around 8.30am yesterday (Friday) morning.

Gardai said Conor O’Brien, (19), sustained a single gunshot wound. No firearm was discovered at the scene when officers arrived on Friday morning.

Mr O’Brien was not known to gardaí and officers said they have yet to establish a motive for the killing which they believe happened sometime after 8pm on Thursday evening.

CONOR O’BRIEN (Pic; Garda Press Office)

Gardai said a number of people in the area heard a single bang on Thursday evening, but it was not reported at the time. Detectives said Mr O’Brien was in contact with a family member at around 8pm on Thursday evening.

From Clonattin Estate, Gorey, Conor O’Brien moved to Enfield four months ago where he did ‘summer work’ for a family relative and was due to start in college next week.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out on the body at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan by the Chief State Pathologist, Linda Mulligan. Preliminary information supplied by the Chief State Pathologist confirmed Conor O’ Brien suffered a fatal gunshot injury.

Gardaí are appealing for any person that was travelling on the Trim Road at Enfield between the hours of 8pm on Thursday, 26th August, and 7am on Friday, 27th August, who observed any unusual activity, to contact them.

Gardaí are also appealing to any road users that were travelling in the area during these times and who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trim Garda Station on 046 9481540, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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