Bray Boxing Club victim named

The man who died in a gun attack at Bray Boxing Club on Tuesday morning has been named as 50-year-old Bobby Messitt from Kilmacanogue.

It is understood the father of three was shot as he answered the door of the gym, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other men who were shot which included Pete Taylor are recovering in hospital.

Glencormac United posted the following tribute on their facebook page.

Farewell “Dazzler”
Sadly, you will all have heard by now on social media and TV3 News at 5-30 of the tragic news of the loss of our beloved Bobby “Dazzler” Messitt. Bobby was an innocent victim in the shooting this morning at Bray Boxing Club and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Words here cannot convey how heartbroken everyone of us is at The Glens to lose one the most dedicated clubmen anyone could have but our prayers and hearts really go out to Natalie, Jackie, Garry, Bobby Jnr, Demi-leigh, Alex, brothers Jimmy & Glen, Sister Paula, Grandhildren, Nieces and Nephews and all the extended families at this sad time.

Perhaps you could share a memory or picture here (and he left us with plenty) of great times spent with “Our Bob” ! I recall having the honour to present him with the Dean Norgrove Memorial Trophy as Man of the Match in Dec 2016. Bobby loved the late Deano and was thrilled to win the award but I am sure you have many yourselves.

The chanting of the Simon Minolet Song when Liverpool beat Man Utd, the chunk taken out of Ian Devlins Leg in a so called CHARITY MATCH, the happy Golf Pictures with so many friends. Bobby mate, we were so proud to have you as a friend these past 50 years, Rest in Peace “Oul Pal “

Gardai have renewed their appeal for information on the Silver Volkswagen Caddy with Northern Irish registered plates which was used in the shooting.

“It is believed that this van travelled from Bray through Shankill and the Cornelscourt area before being abandoned on Pigeon House Road at approximately 8.05am where a male was seen leaving the van and cycling away.

“Gardai wish to appeal: to anyone who witnessed the movements of this van along the route travelled between 7am and 8am this morning, to anyone with Dash Cam footage along this route between 7am and 8am and to anyone who witnessed the male cycling away from Pigeon House Road at approximately 8.05am to contact them at Bray Garda Station on 01 6665300, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.”

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