'I will be forever lost and devastated' - Mum's grief as suspects in murder of father-of-three go on the run
It is feared that four men suspected of being involved in the murder of Stephen Lynch are now on the run, as the dead man's mother told of her grief.
Mr Lynch (32) was killed in Brookview Close, Tallaght, at around 7pm last Thursday.
Mr Lynch, who was from the Glenshane estate in Tallaght, had no known connection to crime. Gardaí believe the father-of-three got involved in a verbal argument with four men, who were travelling in a silver Ford Focus.
It is understood that the car was then driven over Mr Lynch and he was dragged along the road. Mr Lynch was also kicked as he lay unconscious on the ground. The driver then fled the scene on foot and is suspected of getting into another car.
The two cars that are being linked to the incident have been seized by gardaí for forensic testing.
A passer-by, who was in Brookview Close when the attack happened, tried to stop one of the men from escaping but was unsuccessful after a brief scuffle.
Gardaí have not yet been able to locate the suspects - who are aged in their late teens and early 20s - to question them in relation to the violent killing.
A car allegedly used in the murder has also been linked to one of the suspects, who attempted to report the vehicle as stolen in the aftermath of the killing.
Although the four men have absconded from their home addresses, gardaí believe they are still in the country and have not fled this jurisdiction.
"These men are far from criminal masterminds or anything like that," a source said on Saturday night.
"They are now caught up in a murder investigation but their behaviour has become increasingly reckless in recent months.
"The unfortunate man who was killed on Thursday may have been targeted for simply saying the wrong thing to these people in the course of an argument. Associates of these individuals have been involved in an escalating feud in Crumlin in recent weeks that has led to a number of violent incidents, including two extremely serious assaults."
An associate of these men had almost €15,000 in cash seized from him when gardaí investigating the Crumlin feud raided a house in Tallaght earlier this month and he is known for using extreme violence.
However, Mr Lynch was not known to have any involvement in the Crumlin feud and was considered a "decent young man".
Mr Lynch's mother Vera Donovan has spoken about her grief on social media.
"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," she wrote.
She also thanked UFC champion Conor McGregor and his family for their condolences.
"I want to thank everyone for their kind messages of support, it means a lot," she said.
"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."