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Gardaí treating Letterkenny double death as murder suicide

Gardaí are treating the deaths of a father and son in Co Donegal as a murder-suicide.

The two men, named locally as Daniel Duffy and his son Damien, were discovered at Mr Duffy senior’s home at Windyhall in Letterkenny around lunchtime on Thursday.

It is understood Mr Duffy (88) was found in his home and his 50-year-old son was found in a car in an adjacent garage. It is believed they suffered violent deaths although no weapons were found at the scene.

Gardaí are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

It was unclear how long the bodies had been at the scene. People in the area reported that Daniel Duffy, a retired public servant, had not been seen for a week.

A Garda spokesman said investigations were at an early stage and both bodies remained at the scene on Thursday night.

“The services of the state pathologist have been requested and the scene is currently preserved,” he said.

Sinn Féin councillor Gerry McMonagle said the community is in a “state of shock”. Mr McMonagle, who lives close to the scene, said the family was well known in the area.

Letterkenny’s Fine Gael mayor, Jimmy Kavanagh, said he personally knew Daniel Duffy, whom he described as a “very personable man”.

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