Belfast Telegraph

Family prepares for double funeral

Grief-stricken Kathleen Chada has spent her last night with the bodies of her children ahead of their funeral.

The boys, Eoghan and Ruairi, went missing with their father, Sanjeev Chada, after leaving the family home in Ballinkillen, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, on Sunday evening. Their bodies were discovered the next day in the boot of Chada's crashed car, four miles from Westport, Co Mayo.

Detectives sealed off a second crime scene close to Ballintubber Abbey in Mayo on Thursday, where it is believed the boys died of asphyxiation, which can be caused by strangling or suffocation.

Family friend and Ballinkillen parish priest Father Declan Foley will preside at their funeral Mass in Saint Lazerian's Church, Ballinkillen. The schoolboys will later be buried in the adjoining cemetery.

The tight-knit community and the boy's friends from Ballinkillen National School are still trying to come to terms with the tragic death of the young brothers.

Mrs Chada has been comforted by relatives, including her parents Willie and Patsy Murphy, since the alarm was raised in the early hours of Monday morning when they did not come home from a bowling trip.

Gardai issued the first ever amber alert for missing children - the Child Rescue Ireland Alert - when grave concerns over their safety was raised on Monday.

It is understood Chada originally hails from the north east of England with family connections in the Middlesbrough and Newcastle areas, but his mother has spent recent years living in London.

The youngest boy, Ruairi, was said to be wearing a Middlesbrough football shirt when he and his brother went missing.

Chada is also being investigated by gardai over the disappearance of 50,000 euro (£43,330) from a local community centre in recent weeks.

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