Brother pays tribute to ‘murdered’ musician discovered lifeless in river as household ‘don’t know the way they’ll go on with out him’

Brother pays tribute to ‘murdered’ musician found dead in river as family ‘don’t know how they will go on without him’

THE BROTHER of a musician who was discovered lifeless in a river has advised how his household “don’t know the way they’ll go on with out him”.

Thomas Kennedy, 28, was in former Soviet Georgia when it’s alleged he was attacked by 5 males.

Thomas Kennedy was discovered lifeless after being ‘thrown right into a river’

His physique was present in Kvakhvreli in Gori municipality in Georgia[/caption]

The proficient singer/songwriter, 28, was on vacation in Georgia when he was invited to have a drink with the group of males.

Nonetheless three days later Thomas, initially from Lahardaun, Co Mayo was discovered washed up within the Mtkvari river close to Gori.

Police had been right now engaged on a idea that Thomas was not lifeless when he was thrown into the river.

They consider he could have misplaced consciousness when mugged by the group, inflicting them to panic and throw him into the freezing water the place he drowned.

Sources stated that will clarify why no main accidents or different indicators of great violence had been discovered on his physique.

Family and friends of the musician, who it’s thought had been in Georgia to review music, have been paying tribute to Thomas on social media.

His older brother wrote: “I really like you a lot bro, you had been probably the most superb gentleman this world needed to supply.

“You had been too good for us all. I don’t actually know the way we are going to go on with out you, however thanks a lot for blessing us with probably the most superb and humorous tales we might ever want for.

He added: “I advised you a lot instances, you made me and the remainder of the household so so proud I’ll miss you perpetually Tom.

“I really like you greater than I might ever even attempt to describe. You legend.”

In the meantime his cousin Olivia Barrett advised the Irish Solar: “My household would love for folks to know the way proficient lovely Tom was.

“He was a self taught musician with a lot expertise. Singer/songwriter, guitarist, fiddle participant and plenty of extra. 

“He was a proud Mayo man, he liked his beloved dwelling of Lahardaun.

“He was so mild and type, the funniest individual you can meet he wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

His aunt stated: “RIP My lovely nephew. You had been distinctive in each manner.

“One of many kindest souls to ever stroll this earth, you trusted together with your coronary heart and performed your music as a genius! We’ll by no means ever neglect you.”


Earlier this week Tom’s cousin Olivia Barrett, from Claremorris arrange an attraction to lift funds to convey Tom dwelling to Co Mayo.

She stated he died “brutally” and “life won’t ever be the identical once more”.

She stated: “On Friday the ninth of October our lovely Tom was present in Mtk’uari River in Georgia.

“He died brutally and tragically by the hands of 5 evil males. We’re completely devastated there are not any phrases, life won’t ever be the identical once more with out our lovely proficient boy.

“It’s at the moment very tough to repatriate Tom dwelling as a result of Covid19 restrictions, so we’re organising this GoFundMe Web page to lift funds to convey Tom dwelling as quickly as attainable, that is pricey, and with the assistance of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Belief, we are going to get him to his beloved dwelling of County Mayo.

Any funds raised over what’s required will likely be donated to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Belief, which is offering invaluable assist to the Kennedy and Barrett household at this extraordinarily tough time.”

The Go Fund Me Web page has already raised over €36,000 (£30,000) with tributes being paid to Tom and his household.

Thomas’ childhood Gaelic Soccer Group Lahardane MacHales GAA stated: “Farewell to a former North Mayo profitable Captain of ours; Thomas (Tom) Kennedy, cruelly taken within the prime of his life.

“He was one of the vital chirpy lads round…ever smiling as he’d say ‘Good one Bud’ and ‘Cheers Bud’. Relaxation in peace.”


It comes because the 5 males who had been arrested suspicion of homicide right now the group all denied in court docket that that they had killed the vacationer.

Nonetheless, 4 of the accused did admit that that they had robbed Thomas.

Prosecutors advised the court docket how Thomas had struck up a dialog road busker Vasil Okropiridze, 24, who invited him to affix his pals for a drink, experiences The Instances.

But it surely’s alleged that the assembly later turned violent and Kennedy was crushed after which thrown into the river.

The court docket heard that his telephone was later present in a neighborhood pawn store, and this prompted a police investigation.

And cops stated that their investigation recommended that Kennedy was alive however unconscious when he was chucked into the river. 

The court docket was advised that the lads had panicked after the theft, pondering that that they had killed him.

Giorgi Balashvili, 28, Zura Palavandishvili, 19, Giorgi Okhanashvili, 17, and Giorgi Kareli, 20, deny homicide however admit theft. 

They declare that Kennedy was operating away from the battle when he fell into the river. 

Okropiridze has denied involvement within the theft and Kennedy’s demise.


Defence lawyer Giga Jeiranashvili stated right now: “My shoppers don’t agree with the prosecution’s model of occasions. It isn’t supported by any arduous proof. There are round 20 witnesses on this case.

“The subsequent court docket listening to will likely be on November eight and we hope for a good trial.”


Mikheil Beriashvili, a prosecutor, advised the court docket: “The prosecution will not be happy with the defence’s argument that the sufferer himself jumped or fell into river.

“We consider we’re coping with a premeditated homicide as a way to destroy the incriminating proof of one other crime — robbing. This was additionally carried out in opposition to an individual who was helpless.”

All 5 accused have been detained by a court docket for 2 months – and face from 13 to 17 years in jail if discovered responsible.


Georgian media has reacted angrily to the killing, and the failure of the federal government to assist fund the repatriation.

It’s the second time in three months {that a} vacationer has been horribly murdered within the nation.

Australian backpacker Shanae Brooke was attacked and killed on the paths of Mount Mtatsminda, close to the capital metropolis Tbilisi, on July 30.

Nationwide newspaper Kviris Palitra wrote: “Georgia is quick turning into a killing floor for international vacationers, a harmful place to be.

“After the homicide of an Australian citizen final month one other foreigner, in love with our nation, perished right here.

“We’re in shock. The failure of our authorities to take significant motion to sort out this menace is tantamount to negligence.”

On social media, Georgians spoke out in opposition to the federal government’s failure to pay for Thomas’s physique to be flown dwelling.


Thomas Kennedy was stated to be learning at a music faculty in Georgia[/caption]


5 folks have been appeared in court docket for his homicide[/caption]

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