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Juvenile arrested in connection with stabbing of Reece Cullen

The 17-year-old died after being stabbed in Jobstown yesterday afternoon.

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A MALE JUVENILE has been arrested this morning in connection with the death of teenager Reece Cullen, who died yesterday after being stabbed at a house in Tallaght.

He was arrested shortly after 7am, and is being detained at Tallaght Garda Station.

Local councillor Charlie O’Connor told Morning Ireland that the “very real” death of a young man in the middle of the afternoon of the holiday week would “of course have an effect on the community”.

The 17-year-old was attacked in the Kilclare Crescent area of Jobstown at around 3.30pm. He was brought to Tallaght Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Family and friends of Reece have been posting their memories of the young man on Facebook, sharing his various interests.

The Crumlin Boxing Club and Esker Boxing Club shared their condolences to the family and friends of Reece, along with some pictures of the teenager boxing.

Other friends and family expressed their disbelief: “never know what’s around the corner, such a nice person. RIP.”

Another person wrote this touching post: ”My lil bro is gone, it just doesn’t feel real. I’ll never forget you brother. Sleep tight.”

Youth in Tallaght

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Charlie O’Connor said repeatedly that this incident would “of course” have an effect on young people in Tallaght.

He also said there seemed to be an increase in stabbing incidents.

“It’s something that has happened in my later life in my generation that didn’t happen that way, blows would have been exchanged, whereas now knife crime is a big issue in every community – not just in Tallaght.”

People shouldn’t be carrying knives and if you do, sometimes it’s about intent.
People say they’re defending themselves and want to be safe but that’s not good enough. It seems too easy that people are being stabbed.

“We should be making the point that carrying a knife for whatever intention is wrong.”

If you have any information about the incident, contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Read: Tributes paid to teenage boy Reece Cullen who was stabbed to death in Dublin

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