‘Peaceful, loving and kind’ shooting victim Eddie (64) laid to rest
An innocent grandfather shot dead at his Walkinstown home has been remembered as a man who loved life.
Edward Nugent (64) was gunned down at his Harty Avenue home last Sunday week as he answered a call to the front door.
His killers would have been able to see him in plain view through the clear window in the porch before pulling the trigger.
His funeral mass was held at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Walkinstown this morning.
As hundreds of family, friends and neighbours turned out to pay tribute to the dad of three, gardai appealed for information on the movements of a stolen silver coloured Honda Civic motorcar between the hours of 6.30pm and 9.30pm on the evening of Sunday 15th February.
"The silver Honda Civic, partial registration 04D, is a Japanese import with distinctive alloy wheels," said gardai.
"It had ‘L’ plates on the passenger side of the front windscreen and on the driver’s side of the rear window."
The car was stolen in the Kilmainham area early Sunday evening and was later discovered, partially burnt out, on Esposito Road/John McCormack Avenue junction, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 at approximately 9.30pm.
Earlier, Mr Nugent's hearse was led in to the church grounds by two mourners on motorbikes.
Gifts to the altar included a garden gnome to symbolise Eddie’s love of gardening, a boat as a sign of his love of boats and fishing and a family photo in tribute to his love of family.
There was also a Christmas log, because Eddie loved Christmas. The congregation heard that Eddie was a “peaceful, kind, loving man who loved the simple things in life”.
“He loved his family, he worked hard. He was gifted with his hands – he taught himself horology to fix watches.
“He also drove the minibus for special needs people and used to decorate the bus for the children.”
Emergency services, ambulance, fire brigade, doctors, nurses and the staff of St James’s Hospital, as well as kind neighbours, were all prayed for during prayers of faithful.
Gardai know no reason why Eddie would have been killed and believe the murder was a case of mistaken identity.
The car believed to have been used as the getaway vehicle was found burnt out nearby.
The day after the shocking killing, Edward’s son Kieran told the Herald his father was never involved in crime.
“My father was a very ill man. He had suffered heart attacks and strokes and had just been in bed for 11 days with the vomiting bug and the flu,” said Kieran.
“If you hit him he wouldn’t even be able to defend himself, let alone shoot him,” he added.
“Dad was never involved in any crime. Whoever did this got the wrong man. They are scumbags with no value for life. They shot an innocent man,” Kieran explained.
Detectives are investigating whether the real target was a man known to the victim who became embroiled in a “dispute” with a dangerous gang based in the Crumlin area.
This young man is not considered a criminal but may still have been targeted because of the “serious disagreement” he had with the young mobsters who have been terrorising their local community in recent months, including incidents where shots have been fired at houses.
Edward is survived by his wife Ann and his sons Kieran and Thomas.
He was a grandfather to Louise and was predeceased by another son, Stephen.