Thursday 23 November 2017

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

Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson

Sasha Brady

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

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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