Son of Din­gle man shot dead in New York

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - FRONT PAGE - By TADHG EVANS

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

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