A church is stunned after a son killed his father and later took his own life.
Gardai believes Damien Duffy, 50, suffocated 88-year-old Daniel with a pillow in his bungalow in Windyhall on the outskirts of Letterkenny, Co Donegal. He then killed himself and was found dead in a car at the back of the property.
Sources said Damien apparently suffocated his father and later took his own life by inhaling carbon monoxide fumes.
the Double death has sent shock waves across the local community where the family was known and respected.
Both men were described by neighbors as “extremely intelligent and dedicated”.
Daniel Duffy was Head of ESB in Letterkenny for several years, with Damien also working there before leaving.
Damien was considered a computer genius and often worked in a locked apartment in the back of the pebble-dashed bungalow. It is believed that a neighbor who called the house around 2 p.m. on Thursday made the gruesome find.
Gardai immediately sealed off the area. The services of the state pathologist were requested and the scene was preserved.
The Garda Technical Bureau has also been notified and the bodies of both will remain on site.
It is believed that Daniel has not been seen in about a week.
Gardai is now trying to find out when he actually died.
The men’s neighbors said they were both “funny and engaging” and that Daniel simply “adored” his son Damien.
He recently completed his Computer Science degree with Honors, First Class and had planned to do his Masters next year. Both were big Manchester United fans and both were season ticket holders who often went to games at Old Trafford.
They also loved snooker and were very creative and often worked together on construction projects.
In 2009 Daniel’s wife and Damien’s mother Christine died and the two men lived together in the house.
The family suffered another tragedy two years ago when Mr. Duffy’s daughter Caroline died of cancer at the age of 48.
Another daughter Anne-Marie Giles lives in Killylastin.
A neighbor and lifelong friend said, “Daniel and Damien were two of the best people, hardworking, highly intelligent, creative, and very entertaining.
“That is incomprehensible. I am devastated and will miss her terribly. ”On Thursday, locals blessed each other as they passed the family home as they slowed down as a sign of respect.
A number stopped to catch the family dog that was running down the street from the scene of the tragedy. Two large satellite dishes that were believed to be part of it were placed by the garage
Damien’s work with technology.
Local District Councilor Gerry McMonagle, who lives nearby, appealed for anyone with information to contact gardai, especially if they have seen Daniel in the past few days. He added, “It is a terrible, tragic incident, all the more so when it is father and son and we are only two days before Christmas.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole extended family at this time.”
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