The ashes of a young chief who died sleeping on the streets in Dún Laoghaire will be repatriated next week to his native Latvia.
The body of Igors Cernikovs (33) was found by another homeless person on Monday July 12 in the Sussex Street area in south Dublin at around 11:30 p.m. It is understood that he worked for an Italian-American restaurant downtown.
A Garda spokesperson confirmed that it was “investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of a man in his thirties.”
“The coroner has been notified and the body of the deceased has been taken to Loughlinstown Mortuary for post mortem examination. A criminal act is not suspected at the moment, ”he said.
Among those who knew Mr. Cernikovs is Sandra Perry, who along with others founded Dún Laoghaire Helping the Homeless. He ran a soup stand in town two evenings a week until 2018, when Ms Perry and a number of other volunteers continued to provide outreach mobile service.
“We first met Igors at the end of 2019. He and his friend had become homeless and they were sleeping in the ruins of Monkstown Castle.”
She believes he would still go to work while sleeping on the streets, although with the onset of the Covid pandemic he lost that job in March 2020.
“He went back to work for a few weeks last summer at Greystones, but unfortunately with the second wave the job came to an end again. He slept on the streets and stayed with friends on and off, around Dún Laoghaire and around the unemployment center there.
“I think he was trying to get nominated for accommodation but with all the paperwork I don’t think he succeeded.”
She heard about her death the day after her body was found on social media. “One of the young people who was with him found it. He called the ambulance and the police.
She says she found a brother and a former partner, with whom he had a young daughter in England. Her former partner arranged for local funeral directors, Colliers, to organize her cremation, which took place on Thursday.
“Some of us went to sit with him for a little while before he left to be cremated,” Ms. Perry said. “It’s very sad. There were about six or seven people. I had tears in my eyes as I left, thinking that it just wasn’t possible for someone to go.
“He was a lovely, lovable and full of life guy. His whole dream was to settle back into family life and get back to work. He really had it all, had such a beautiful heart. It just shows what can be done. happen when someone loses their home. The government should do more to help the homeless. “
A spokesperson for Colliers funeral directors confirmed that Mr Cernikovs’ ashes would be repatriated to Latvia, where his father lives. It is understood that he was predeceased by his mother.