‘You were too young to die my lovely boy’ - girlfriend's poem to murder victim

Rachel Egan reads the poem
Rachel Egan reads the poem
Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson

AN innocent murder victim’s girlfriend has penned a touching poem in tribute to him.

Dean Johnson (21), was shot dead near his home in Clondalkin, Dublin, in August 2013, in what gardai believe was a case of mistaken identity.

And now not only has his brave girlfriend Rachael Egan (22), written a moving poem about him, but has recited it in an open mic bar in the capital.

Her oration was also recorded by RTE cameras and seen by hundreds of thousands of viewers on the programme The Unemployables.

Rachael, who lives with her mum in Clondalkin, says the killing shattered her confidence.

“That’s why I get nervous around people,” says Rachael.

“I don’t like walking the streets on my own.”

Rachael recently made her first public appearance in the Stag’s Head pub, where she recited her poem about Dean.

“My heart is aching, my knees are so weak, sick to my stomach with no words to speak,” it reads.

“You were so precious, too young to die. I will never forget you, my beautiful boy.”

“With eyes bright like diamonds and a smile oh so sweet, I’m sure one day again we will meet.

“So I will see you later and I say this with love, to the most beautiful angel in the heavens above.”

Rachael wants to be a writer and took part in the RTE programme in a bid to get a job.

Thanks to help from presenter Darren Kennedy, she succeeded in a job application with supermarket Lidl as a communications assistant.

Dean’s family previously branded his killers as “cowards”. His brother Andrew said: “I hope the cowards’ family don’t go through what my family are going through.”

Dean was murdered after being involved in a row at a shopping centre. He was shot up to eight times when he was ambushed yards from his home in the Greenfort estate in Clondalkin as he walked home from the pub.

Gardai suspect the gang were targeting another man who had been with Dean earlier. The latest suspects are in their 20s and were arrested in the Dublin area.

Dean was known to gardai, but was not considered to be involved in major criminality.

A black Vauxhall Vectra was discovered on fire a short time after the shooting at nearby Collinstown Crescent.

Witnesses reported seeing three men sprinting from the area where the car was dumped.

*Anyone with information about Dean’s murder can contact Ronanstown Garda Station on 01 666 7776.