The bodies of Eoghan, 10, and Ruairí Chada, 5, were released to their family after 4pm yesterday following postmortem examinations in Mayo General Hospital on Tuesday by Dr Khalid Jabber, the deputy State pathologist.
They were brought back to Ballinkillen, Co Carlow, late last night. It is understood that Eoghan and Ruairi will be buried following funeral mass at 1pm in St Lazarian’s Church, Ballinkillen, tomorrow.
The results of the postmortems have not been released by gardaí “for operational reasons,” but Eoghan and Ruairí are understood to have been strangled. Their remains were found in the boot of their father’s car on Monday afternoon after gardaí issued an alert regarding their whereabouts and safety.
Family members travelled to Mayo yesterday from Carlow to await the release of the bodies and begin the process of arranging a double funeral.
Two of Kathleen’s brothers live abroad. Kenneth Murphy was due to arrive home from Abu Dhabi last night while Liam Murphy was due back from Australia around the same time.
Eoghan and Ruairí will be buried in the graveyard in the centre of the village, following a funeral Mass in the church where the younger boy was baptised and where his grandmother, Patsy Murphy, is sacristan.
Kathleen and Sanjeev lived in Dublin when Eoghan was born, and moved to Ballinkillen about two years later, where they built a large two-storey house on the edge of the village.
The graveyard where the two boys will be laid to rest is overlooked by their grandparents’ house.
The village remains in shock following the double murder and locals were yesterday trying to deal with the reality of the loss of the two boys and the arrest of their father, Sanjeev Chada, at Mayo General Hospital.
Local councillor Tommy Kinsella, a friend of the Murphy family, said nobody had any idea what led to the tragedy. “It’s so shocking to go to that extreme.”
There was also puzzlement, he said, about why Sanjeev ended up in Mayo as he had no family in that part of the country. “There was no connection there at all. Nobody can understand why Westport.”
The 43-year old had become a familiar part of the community since moving to Ballinkillen with his wife several years ago, Mr Kinsella said.
“Sanjeev is a very quiet man. Kathleen worked and he looked after the two kids all the time. He worked on something at home himself but you’d always see them together.”
The boys were sports-mad and played soccer, Gaelic football, and hurling in their spare time, while Sanjeev himself played over-35s soccer with Nurney Villa outside Bagenalstown.
“He’d be the one bringing them to matches and training.”
Another Bagenalstown-based councillor, Arthur McDonald, said the family had been hoping to have the boys’ funeral Mass tomorrow.
“Everyone is very upset about it all.”