Sunday 19 November 2017

Suspects in brutal car murder of Stephen Lynch 'on the run' - vigil planned for father-of -three

'Let us forget our petty differences, let us reach out to one another'

Flowers at the scene of the murder of Stephen Lynch (inset)
Flowers at the scene of the murder of Stephen Lynch (inset)

Gavin White and Robin Schiller

Four men suspected of being involved in the murder of father-of-three Stephen Lynch are believed to be on the run.

The 32-year-old was killed in Brookview Close, Tallaght, at about 7pm last Thursday, when he was intentionally struck by a car.

Father-of-three Stephen Lynch
Father-of-three Stephen Lynch

Gardai have not yet been able to locate the four 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 tried to report the vehicle as stolen in the aftermath of the incident.

Although the four men have absconded from their home addresses, gardai believe they are still in the country and have not fled abroad.

Mr Lynch was from the Glenshane estate in Tallaght and had no connection to crime.

Gardai believe that he got involved in a verbal row with four men, who were travelling in a silver Ford Focus.

It is understood 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.

Two cars that are being linked to the incident have been seized by gardai 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.

The behaviour of the suspects has been described as becoming increasingly reckless in recent months.

Flowers were laid at the scene of the murder. Photo: Tony Gavin
Flowers were laid at the scene of the murder. Photo: Tony Gavin

"These men are far from criminal masterminds or anything like that," a source said. "They are now caught up in a murder investigation. 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.

Violent

"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 gardai investigating the Crumlin feud raided a house in Tallaght earlier this month.

This associate is known for using extreme violence.

Tribute

Meanwhile friends of Mr Lynch have posted a heartbreaking video online.

Writing on the Stephen Lynch Memorial page th administrator wrote:

"There are no words.. because nothing in life can prepare us for the loss of another. For better or for worse, we just want you back. It's time to come home now Stephen.

"We are all here, we are all waiting, just for you."

The page asked the community of Tallaght and surrounding areas to show their support, not only for Stephen, "but for each other and for all who we have lost throughout our lives".

A special vigil will take place on Wednesday outside Stephen's family home in Glenshane, Tallaght, at 9pm.

"We are all from different walks of life but we are all joined in death and grief. Let us forget our petty differences, let us reach out to one another, the way our communities used to be and let us show and remind our loved ones that we have all lost, that they are not forgotten."

Mourners are asked to bring candles or flowers, "but if you can't, please just bring yourself". Anyone who lives too far away is asked to take five minutes to pray for Stephen.

The tribute concludes "On behalf of Stephen Lynch's Mother, Father, Siblings, Children, Family and Friends, thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, your support is our strength, we just want to show the world how Stephen lived and not how he passed away. We want all to know how much he was truly loved x x x"

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