'I love you, my life is over' - Mother of hit-and-run victim Stephen Lynch
Stephen Lynch's mother has said said she will be "forever lost and devastated" after her son died after being run over earlier this week.
Lynch (32) suffered serious head injuries after a silver Ford Focus was driven over him by a gang of men and he was dragged along the road.
It's understood that the father-of-three had a verbal row with the group in Brookview Close in Tallaght, Dublin before the incident and Gardai believe the group may have driven back and forth over him before fleeing the scene.
The Sunday World reports that Mr Lynch's mother Vera Donovan has spoken about her grief on social media.
She wrote: "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."
In another post she also thanked UFC champ Conor McGregor and his family for their condolences.
She said: "I want to thank everyone for their kind messages of support, it means a lot.
"A special thanks to Margaret McGregor, Erin McGregor and to Conor McGregor.
"I will never forget your unbelievable act of kindness towards me and my son Stephen Lynch.
"A true gentleman, thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Stephen's brother Ray also spoke of his devastation, saying: "My world is just going in slow motion. My heart is shattered."
Meanwhile, Stephen's partner Kellie Hughes - who he had a young son with - shared several pictures of Mr Lynch on Facebook.
She simply said: "My beautiful angel."
Stephen's son Craig (13) - whose mother is Ireland footballer Robbie Keane's sister Amy - also shared a tribute.
He said: "RIP Dad, love you."
Mr Lynch was from the Glenshane estate in Tallaght and had no known connection to crime.
Gardai are urging anyone with any information about the two cars connected with the incident to contact them.
The silver Ford Focus hatchback, registration number 10WW1812, was recovered at the scene of the incident.
A red wine-coloured Volkswagen Polo, registration number 01D9539, may have been used by some of the individuals to leave the scene of the killing.
It was found abandoned in Crumlin afterwards.
Garda Superintendent Peter Duff said: "We are appealing to anyone who was in the Brookview area between 6.30pm and 8pm last night to contact us at Tallaght Garda Station.
"We're still trying to establish the exact circumstances that led to the incident happening on Brookview Close.
"We're trying to trace the movements of these two cars last night from 6.30pm.
"Mr Lynch was on the road and there was a collision or an impact with a vehicle and as a result he died.
"We are trying to establish what brought him to the area and who he interacted with.
"We think someone may have left this area in the Polo and gone to the Crumlin area."