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The family of a 20-year-old Dublin man is trying to establish the circumstances surrounding his death in the US on Monday.
Andrew Hanlon, who is believed to be from Dundrum, was shot dead by a police officer in the small town of Silverton in the northwestern state of Oregon.
Ms Heise said there was a lot of anger about his death in the town, which has not had a shooting for 20 years. She said local residents had held a protest. They were appalled and wanted to know why excessive force was used, she added.
The funeral home had told the family that Andrew had suffered extensive injuries. She asked why a taser was not used instead of a gun.
"I don't understand why the police shot him," she said, adding that local police knew Hanlon and were aware of his mental state.