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Friends of murder victim Dean Johnson fundraising for headstone to mark his grave

Sasha Brady

Published 19/02/2016 | 11:36

Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson

Friends of murder victim Dean Johnson are raising funds for a headstone to mark his grave.

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The 21-year-old was shot dead in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity on Neilstown Road, Clondalkin in August 2013 - yards from his home.

His family have not been able to afford a headstone to mark his grave so friends have set up a GoFundMe cover the costs.

In just under two weeks, €80 has been raised out of a €5,000 target.

Johnson's friend Shuna Forde, who set up the page, said they are holding a benefit night to raise money for the cause.

"We have organised a benefit night which will be in the Coldcut CIE the 16th of April and all money raised will be going off a headstone for our late friend," she wrote on the page.

The murdered man was the innocent victim of a west Dublin feud in which he had no involvement.

He had no known connection with any gangland group and his only criminal conviction was a traffic violation.

Johnson was shot multiple times, hours after being involved in a row at the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght.

Thirteen arrests have been made in connection with his murder but so far no-one has been brought to court.

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