A neighbor of the three siblings who were viciously stabbed to death in their home has recalled his shock when he witnessed a child being dangled and dropped from a window.
Eight-year-old twins Chelsea and Christy Cawley and their older sister Lisa Cash, 18, were stabbed to death by a man, 25, at their family home in Jobstown, Tallaght, Ireland, on Sunday morning, September 4, 2022. A suspect was arrested at the scene by members of the Garda Armed Support Unit using “less than lethal” weapons. Police said everyone involved is believed to have known each other and there are no other persons of interest in connection with the incident.
One man anonymously told the Daily Mirror how he witnessed one of the children being thrown from the window. “Everybody is shocked. I ran out and I saw the child being dangled from the window and I was shouting along with the gardai and other neighbors, ‘Please don’t do that,’” he recalled, “And next of all he dropped the child… they had the spotlight up on the house and lasers pointing at him but they couldn’t shoot him because he would have dropped the child anyway.” The man added, “I was in bed actually when I first heard the screams. There were lots of people out on the road. The guards had to use a ram bar about eight times to get into the house.” A fellow neighbor corroborated the claim, saying, “We saw it. There was kids and all here last night. I never thought I’d see something like that. We saw one of the kids being thrown out the window. I literally couldn’t believe it.”
BREAKING: The three children killed in Tallaght have been formally named by gardai. Here are pictures of tragic twins Christy and Chelsea Cawley (8) and their sister Lisa Cash (18). May they RIP. pic.twitter.com/H2HQJKrOcW
— Paul Healy (@Healyhack) September 4, 2022
Another neighbor said she heard shouting but assumed it was a family squabble. “We all thought it was just an argument. Most people on the road assumed it was a fight between family,” the woman, who was reportedly crying and shaking at her front door, said on condition of anonymity. “None of us actually thought anything like that was going on. We had to tell our kids this morning that their two friends that they play with every day had gone to heaven.” She added, “This is like something you’d hear about happening in America – not here. They were such lovely kids. Christy was a lovely little fella, he was a little boy’s boy. He loved Man United and his twin Chelsea had a little cheeky face and she’d stick out her tongue. I’m not sure if it was a paramedic or a guard but I saw somebody pick up one of the kids who was covered in blood and rush them over to the ambulance. Everybody around here knows each other.” Officers were called to the property in the Rossfield estate in Tallaght at about 12.30 am, where the siblings were discovered. Lisa, Christy, and Chelsea were taken by ambulance to Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) in Crumlin, but all three were later pronounced dead.
Flowers at the scene where Lisa Cash, 18, and her eight-year-old twin brother and sister, Christy and Chelsea Cawley, died after they were attacked and stabbed at their home in Rossfield Avenue in the early hours of yesterday morning, more @rtenews pic.twitter.com/Ws5CGrEewD
— Paul Deighan (@PaulDeighano) September 5, 2022
“It’s devastating for the whole community,” an elderly gentleman who asked just to be referred to as Peter told the Mirror, “Them kids played with my grandkids. I was only talking to them the other day. To see a child being thrown from the window is …those kids are dead. The family were lovely. The kids were only playing out on the road on Saturday evening. They were lovely, beautiful kids.” The granddad continued, “It was so difficult being so close to it yet we couldn’t do anything about it and to find out this morning that they had passed away. It’s so horrible and tragic. How will anybody ever be able to live in that house again? It’s going to be a house of horrors. The guards tried their best to save those children. I think the family needs every bit of support they can get. How does the teacher in the morning tell all the children in the classroom, that they’re not coming back?” He added, “Everybody in the community is really feeling it. That goes from a child right up. Everybody is heartbroken…the community will never be the same.”
“When a community is faced with such a raw representation of abject evil it’s impossible to comprehend,” local parish priest Father Bill O’Shaughnessy offered, “It’s something so unnatural in that respect. The community is completely stunned and silenced that something like this has happened on such a terrible scale. All our thoughts and prayers are with the family…what this family will have to face is no small thing. It’ll only be in the days to come that more details will emerge.” The priest added, “It’s just a horrifying act. There is no sense or meaning to it in any sense. The only reaction to this is shock because of the nature of it. There are no winners to this and it’s terrible for the entire community and wider Tallaght area.”
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