Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Man shot in US 'in wrong place'

Ciaran O Conghaile was found shot in a Boston street in what US police believe was a botched robbery

An Irish man shot dead near his adopted home in the US was "in the wrong place at the wrong time", officials believe.

The victim, Ciaran O Conghaile from Mor village on Inis Meain, one of the Aran Islands off the Co Galway coast, was believed to have been shot in the chest in Boston early on Monday morning.

It is understood he was working in the construction industry in the US for the past 12 years and was yards from his condominium home on Nahant Avenue, near Adams Corner in the suburb of Dorchester, when he was shot at around 1am.

The 36-year-old was pronounced dead by emergency services who were called to the scene.

Government sources said investigators in the US believe Mr O Conghaile was not intentionally killed but may have been caught up in a botched robbery.

"They don't think he was a target," said one source. "It looks like it was a tragic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Boston police are investigating whether he had his wallet stolen as he walked home from an Irish festival.

Mr O Conghaile was one of the many undocumented Irish working in America without legal status. He was unable to visit his family in the Aran Islands for more than a decade for fear of being unable to return to Boston.

It is the second tragedy to hit his family in recent years. His older brother Michael Dara O Conghaile was swept into the sea by a freak wave as he stood chatting to his sister on the island pier in 2000.

The last time Mr O Conghaile returned to his native Inis Meain was for his brother's funeral. The security clampdown after the September 11 2001 attacks on New York and Washington DC prevented him from coming home again.

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