Mother of man run over by four-man murder gang speaks of heartache
THE heartbroken mum of innocent dad-of-three Stephen Lynch has revealed she is devastated at his savage murder, saying: “My life is over.”
Dubliner Stephen died from serious head injuries after being run over by a vehicle at Brookview Close in Tallaght on Thursday night.
A champion amateur boxer with a reputation for violence is part of the gang whose members are the prime suspects.
The violent thug has previously been convicted of robbing a drug-dealer using a weapon.
A source has claimed the criminal had recently been arrested and questioned after €14,500 was seized at an address in Tallaght.
The gang are also suspects behind two other serious attacks in the Crumlin area, including one in which a young man with no involvement with crime was left with serious head injuries.
Last night, Stephen’s family posted tributes online to the 32-year-old.
Stephen’s heartbroken mother Vera Donovan said: “My beautiful boy, I am so heartbroken. I will be forever lost and devastated without you. I love you so much son. My boy I love you, my life is over.”
Writing on his Facebook page, Stephen’s brother Ray said: “My world is just going in slow motion. My heart is shattered.”
Also paying tribute to Stephen was his partner Kellie Hughes, with whom he has an eight-year-old son.
“My beautiful angel,” she wrote.
His 13-year-old son Craig Keane, whose mother Amy is sister of Irish soccer legend Robbie Keane, also posted: “RIP Dad, Love You.”
Stephen had no connection to crime and is believed to have been targeted over a minor disagreement.
He died after being targeted by members of a gang at Brookview Close, Tallaght, at around 7pm on Thursday. He was attacked with hammers and then run over with a car and left for dead in a shocking assault.
Writing on Facebook, one local described the shocking scenes.
“This evening a group of individuals/scumbags beat him around Brookview with hammers and ran over him in a car and continued to kick and strike him when he was visibly not moving.
“This was all done in front of the play space in broad daylight in front of the kids that were playing there.”
Gardaí are expected to arrest the gang of up to four men soon, according to sources.
Members of the same gang have been involved in a low-level feud in Crumlin in which two serious assaults have been carried out.
Mr Lynch, who was from the Glenshane estate in Tallaght, was not known to have any involvement in the Crumlin feud and was considered a “decent young man”.
Gardaí believe that he got involved in an argument with the gang members, who were travelling in a silver Ford Focus.
It is thought that the car was then driven over Mr Lynch.
Gardaí believe that the car may have been driven back and forth over him as well and that he had also been kicked as he lay unconscious on the ground
Garda Superintendent Peter Duff said Mr Lynch was “not involved in any form of criminality”.
Gardaí appealed to the public to provide information about two cars connected with the incident.
A red/wine-coloured Volkswagen Polo may have been used by suspects to leave the scene.
One neighbour had attempted to stop one of the suspects fleeing the scene but he managed to get away after a brief scuffle.
Locals also managed to lift the car off Mr Lynch and tried to give him first aid before the emergency services arrived.
Sinn Fein councillor Cathal King posted on social media: “They murdered poor Stephen. He was a harmless young man who hadn’t a bad bone in his body.”