A family have been wiped out after a man shot his wife and their young son dead before turning the gun on himself, police believe.
The suspected murder-suicide was discovered at their home in Ballyreehan, Ireland, on Tuesday night.
Gardai say that mum Eileen O’Sullivan, 56, and her son Jamie, 24, were both gunned down by father Morris, 63.
The bodies were discovered by a neighbour, who then alerted the force, the Irish Mirror report.
No reason has yet been given for why the former bus driver and sheep farmer supposedly went on the killing rampage, taking the lives of his partner and their son.
One young woman who studied alongside tragic Jamie for several years at the Causeway Comprehensive school in Kerry, Ireland, said that she felt “sick to the stomach” when she heard of his death.
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She said: “Everyone who knew him from school is in shock right now.”
A former classmate of his said that he is in “complete disbelief” to learn of his death.
“He was lovely, just the loveliest person, I knew him for years and he was so sweet in school, no one can believe that this has happened,” she said.
Local parish priest Fr Anthony O’Sullivan told how he went up to the house last night and said prayers for the three deceased.
“I said prayers at the house. I got a call and the guards said no problem and let me up. I prayed to three people and said prayers for the dead.
“You don’t expect that. My heart is broke. I’ve been impacted with disbelief that this has happened. We’re in shock and numb. There’s a sense of unreality with this locally.
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“It’s a tragedy. People are numb with shock. It’s a good community, a caring community and peoples hearts are broken,” he said.
Local Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae told of his sorrow at the heartbreaking news.
“I’m shocked and horrified at this awful event,” he said. “It’s terrible hard to understand.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and extended family at this time,” he said.
Local councillor Aoife Thornton also added: “It’s very shocking and the entire community is in shock.
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“My thoughts are with the family at this time.”
The area is currently preserved and investigations are ongoing.
A Garda spokesperson said they are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident at this time.
They said: “Gardaí in Listowel are currently at the scene of an incident at a domestic residence in North County Kerry, this evening, Tuesday 7th September, 2021.
“Gardaí attended a scene and located the body of a female (60s) and a male (20s) inside the dwelling. The body of a male (60s) was discovered outside at the rear of the dwelling. All three bodies have gunshot wounds. A firearm has been recovered at the scene.”