Son of Dingle man shot dead in New York
WEST Kerry relatives of New York murder victim Christopher Sayers ( pictured left) are heartbroken after the 37-year-old building site foreman was shot dead by a sacked colleague.
The gunman arrived at the building site where Mr Sayers was working and shot him several times at point blank range. He took his own life soon afterwards.
Mr Sayers frequently visited Dingle and this week his first-cousin, Colm Sayers, remembered him as “great fun”.
CHRISTOPHER Sayers’ family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic have expressed their revulsion after the 37-year-old, whose parents hail from Corca Dhuibhne, was shot dead in New York by a disgruntled former worker last Thursday.
A son of Paddy (from Marian Park, Dingle) and the late Josie Kavanagh (from Feothanach), Mr Sayers was a foreman at a high-rise construction site in Manhattan, part of an ongoing multi-billion-dollar development. At around 7.10am (New York time) last Thursday, a former worker at the site, who had been dismissed from his post earlier in the week, arrived at the 37th floor of the site and shot Mr Sayers multiple times.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) told The Kerryman that Mr Sayers was unconscious and unresponsive when they arrived at the scene, and he was later pronounced dead by emergency services. The gunman fled to the fifth floor, where he took his own life. NYPD said its investigation is ongoing and did not name the gunman, although he has been named by US media as 44-year-old Samuel Perry. Reports also suggest Mr Perry had told neighbours that he intended to gain revenge after his sacking.
In West Kerry, Mr Sayers’ first cousin, Colm Sayers, said relations were left “numb and heartbroken” after hearing of the 37-year-old’s death.
“He was a dote,” Colm told The Kerryman. “Like, he was a big lad, but he was funny, great fun, and he had fierce energy.
“He spent all his life in America, but throughout his childhood he called over to Dingle pretty much every year with his parents and his older brothers. He hadn’t been over here in a few years, but he would still call over from time to time.
“He has a lot of relations over here between aunts, uncles, and cousins, and we’re all in complete shock.”
The Kerry community in New York was also left horrified by the tragedy. Muiris Bruic – originally from Corca Dhuibhne, and a former head of the Kerrymen’s P&B Association in New York – said Mr Sayers’ death was “just not fair”.
“I was very slow to go to the funeral because he was a young man and I found this so unfair. It was such an unusual incident too; the construction workers are normally very close.
“His father, Paddy, is a 40-year member of the Kerrymen’s Association in New York. I only meet him now and then, but he is a wonderful man. I’m also told Christopher was a great worker.”
Mr Sayers’ Funeral Mass took place yesterday in Hicksville, New York, before he was brought to his final resting place in St Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale. He is survived by his long-term girlfriend Candace; brothers Michael and Brian; father Paddy; aunts and uncles; cousins; nieces and nephews; and in-laws.
Christopher Sayers who was shot and killed in New York