The Nkencho Family are Part of Irish Society, they need Support, but more importantly they need Justice and the Truth about this Tragic Death?

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George Nkencho’s sister says family told ‘you don’t belong here’ in aftermath of shooting

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George Nkencho’s sister Gloria said her family were told ‘you don’t belong here’ in the immediate aftermath of her brother’s shooting.a man and a woman smiling for the camera© Provided by Extra.ie

Mr Nkencho was shot dead by Gardai following an incident near his home in Clonee, Dublin on December 30, 2020.

In the aftermath of his shooting, it became clear that Mr Nkencho had mental health issues, which his family said he needed treatment for.Kevin Olusola posing for the camera: Mr Nkencho was shot dead by Gardai following an incident near his home in Clonee, Dublin on December 30, 2020. Pic: RTE/Prime Time© Provided by Extra.ie Mr Nkencho was shot dead by Gardai following an incident near his home in Clonee, Dublin on December 30, 2020. Pic: RTE/Prime Time

Initial reaction on social media to his shooting included a number of rumours about what happened in the lead-up to the Garda response.

The rumours eventually mutated into hatewhich was directed at the Nkencho family, to the point where Mr Nkencho’s sister Gloria said that she doesn’t ‘feel secure’ where she lives.

Speaking on The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, she said: ‘We got messages, comments, we even got a letter sent with threats and people just being horrific to myself and my family.a close up of a person: George Nkencho’s sister Gloria said her family were told ‘you don’t belong here’ in the immediate aftermath of her brother’s shooting. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie George Nkencho’s sister Gloria said her family were told ‘you don’t belong here’ in the immediate aftermath of her brother’s shooting. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

‘When the truth started to come out, we then started to receive support and sympathy and condolences but the direct aftermath, right after this, after seeing my brother killed, it was threats.

‘It was “he deserved it, it was good what happened, it was justified, go back to your country you don’t belong here”.

All of those things, directly after this. But like I said, when the truth came out, we started receiving support and condolences which was great to see as well.’a close up of a man: In the aftermath of his shooting, it became clear that Mr Nkencho had mental health issues, which his family said he needed treatment for.© Provided by Extra.ie In the aftermath of his shooting, it became clear that Mr Nkencho had mental health issues, which his family said he needed treatment for.

The incident involving Mr Nkencho happened close to his family home and as a result, the area was highly publicised — something which made Gloria even more uncomfortable.

‘I have lived in that house for eight or nine years but I have lived in that area for probably over ten years,’ she explained.

‘I would come home late from school when it was dark, around 5pm from secondary school when it was dark, I would walk home.a close up of a person: The rumours eventually mutated into hate, which was directed at the Nkencho family, to the point where Mr Nkencho’s sister Gloria said that she doesn’t ‘feel secure’ where she lives. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie The rumours eventually mutated into hate, which was directed at the Nkencho family, to the point where Mr Nkencho’s sister Gloria said that she doesn’t ‘feel secure’ where she lives. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

‘I would walk home from work in the dark before I was driving. I have always felt completely secure.

‘Me and my friends in the area, we would always be out in the dark and it was never a problem but right now I don’t feel secure going outside the house in the dark.

‘I don’t feel secure walking around on my own most of the time. I just feel like I no longer belong. I feel anxious all the time.a close up of a person in a mask: Speaking on The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, she said: ‘We got messages, comments, we even got a letter sent with threats and people just being horrific to myself and my family. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie Speaking on The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, she said: ‘We got messages, comments, we even got a letter sent with threats and people just being horrific to myself and my family. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Everybody knows where our house is. It has been put on the media, our address everything. There are a lot of crazies out there and you don’t know how someone will react.

‘You don’t know, is this is a far-right person, they might say something to you, they might do something to you and I don’t feel secure.’

During the interview, she said that her brother ‘was not a criminal’ and that ‘he didn’t attack anybody with a knife’, explaining that a picture shared in the aftermath which purported to relate to Mr Nkencho, actually came from the UK.a couple of people that are standing in front of a building: The incident involving Mr Nkencho happened close to his family home and as a result, the area was highly publicised — something which made Gloria even more uncomfortable. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie The incident involving Mr Nkencho happened close to his family home and as a result, the area was highly publicised — something which made Gloria even more uncomfortable. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

‘It is just the fact that people were so quick to believe that. This news spread like wildfire and everybody believed it,’ she added.

‘Everybody was like, “yes, he did this; he did that” and it just came from a small minority who wanted to use this as an opportunity to create division – and it was picked up and it was believed. That is what was scary to me.’

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