Tragic victim of suspected drug overdose had troubled family history 

A young woman who died of a suspected drug overdose is the latest victim of a family fraught with problems, which include her aunt being jailed for a double murder and her mother dying in a drink-fuelled car crash.

Chloe Walsh, also known as Chloe O’Connor, was found dead at a house at Knockbrogan, Old Cork Rd, Bandon, Co Cork, yesterday morning after a suspected heroin overdose.

Gardaí removed her body from the scene shortly before noon and are awaiting toxicology reports, which may take some weeks to finalise, before they can establish the exact cause of her death.

Ms Walsh, who was in her mid-20s and a mother-of-one, was the niece of Catherine O’Connor, who was convicted of the murder of two men on November 11, 2011.

The mother-of-three was found guilty of the murder of English-born father-of-four John Forrester, 42, and Corkman, Jonathan ‘Dukie’ Duke, 27, at Bridge House, Bandon.

Her Romanian boyfriend, Ciprian Grozavu, 40, was also found guilty of the two murders and both are now serving life sentences handed down by the Central Criminal Court.

Ms Walsh’s mother, Ann-Marie O’Connor, aged 45, was killed along with John Paul Carroll, 31, when the red Hyundai coupé he was driving careered at high speed into a wall near the village of Carrignavar, north of Cork City, last August.

It is believed the two had been drinking heavily before the accident and cans of lager were seen strewn across the road following the crash. Both died instantly.

Ann-Marie was buried in Kinsale, where the O’Connor family are originally from. While no details have been formerly arranged , it is believed Ms O’Connor will be buried with her mother .


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