Teen stabbed to death in delivery driver row was 'talented, bright footballer'

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The teenage boy stabbed to death during an armed row that got out of control in Dublin’s inner city last night has been described as a “talented footballer with a bright future”.

Josh Dunne, a 16-year-old lad from the northside of the city, was tragically knifed as a fight broke out between two groups involving a delivery driver in East Wall at around 9pm last night.

The teen was treated at the scene on East Road before being rushed to Mater Hospital where he died a short time later.

Gardai have launched a murder investigation into the stabbing and are asking witnesses of the incident or anyone in the area at the time to come forward.

Josh is understood to have played for Bohemians underage and was a skillful football player who had a natural gift for the game.

One heartbroken family member said they were “lost for words” following the sad news.

She said: “My family is shattered into pieces. R.I.P Josh, such a talented footballer. May you get the best bed in heaven. Way too young, fly high.”

Another close friend added: “Rest in paradise, Joshy. Absolutely heartbroken, you had a bright future ahead of you. One of the most genuine people I’ve talked to. A heart of gold, rest easy.”

Talented Josh Dunne in action, RIP

A devastated pal also paid tribute to the victim describing Josh as “like a brother”.

She said: “Heart is shattered into a million pieces, another beautiful life taken too soon. Like a little brother to us, such a funny soul gone just like that.”

Josh Dunne, RIP

A fourth commented: “Thinking of the Dunne family at this time. I’m devastated, may you get the best bed in heaven, until we meet again.”   

Josh was one of two teens initially taken to hospital after a row broke out between a group of teen boys and girls along with some adults, one of whom believed to be a delivery driver.

East Wall closed off as Gardai seal off area (Image: Cllr Anthony Flynn)

A short time later, a third male presented at the Mater Hospital with serious injuries.

East Road is still sealed off by Gardai and traffic diversions are in place to keep the public away from the scene.

Councillor Anthony Flynn was one of the first people on the scene last night and told Dublin Live that the community are in great shock at the loss of a talented young footballer.

He said: “With a heavy heart I pass my condolences onto the family of the deceased. I was on scene last night the community as a whole are in shock at such an incident.

“I want to commend members of Dublin Fire Brigade and ambulance for their quick response and members of Gardai.

Josh Dunne, RIP

“Gardai must be given the room to investigate the incident.”

Councillor Flynn said he had raised the issue of knife crime at the Dublin City Joint Policing just hours before the tragic stabbing.

He added: “I requested the Assistant Commissioner to undertake a public awareness campaign in response to the recent rise in knife crime within the district.

Josh Dunne, RIP

“I also asked for an explanation into why the public order unit within the DMR North Central had been stood down.

“Last night Gardai announced this as a public order incident, yet no public order unit was assigned to the area. This requires an immediate explanation this morning.”

Scene at East Wall (Image: Cllr Anthony Flynn)

The full Garda statement reads: “Gardaí are currently investigating all the circumstances of a fatal assault and associated incidents which occurred this evening on East Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, 26th January 2020.

“At approximately 09:20pm Gardaí received report of a public order incident occurring on East Road, East Wall.

“Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene and two juvenile males were taken to the Mater Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

Josh Dunne, RIP

“One of the juvenile males has subsequently been pronounced dead in the Mater Hospital.

“A third male has since presented to the Mater Hospital to be treated for injuries.

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“Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the East Road, East Wall area between 9:00pm and 9:40pm and may have any information or footage (including dash cam), to contact Store Street Garda Station on 01 666 8000, the Garda Confidential Phone Number 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.”

Source: Dublin News