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Byrne's mum makes ceasefire plea to halt bloody gang revenge

THE grief-stricken mother of murdered criminal Stephen Byrne wants no retaliation for her son's death.

She made the plea yesterday as mounting gang tensions in the north inner city threatened to spill over following her son's killing.

Gardai are continuing to hunt for the man who cycled up to Stephen 'Madser' Byrne (32) and shot him at least twice in broad daylight before escaping on his black bicycle.

'Madser' Byrne died after he was struck once in the head and once in the stomach during the attack.

Detectives investigating the killing suspect that a young man may have been responsible for pulling the trigger.

A 15-year-old male arrested in connection with the murder on Tuesday night was released late last night without charge, while the male in his late 20s who was also arrested remains in custody at Store Street Garda Station.

Both these males were speaking with the victim at the junction of Sheriff Street and St Laurence's Place East on Tuesday when the gunman attacked.

Gardai are anxious to speak to a third man who was also speaking with Byrne before the murder, all three fled the scene when the gunman approached.

Byrne's mum Margaret called for a ceasefire in the feud yesterday which has already claimed the lives of five men including her son Stephen.

"He was my son and I loved him... no matter what," the grieving mother said.

"He was sitting in the house with me when he said he was going down to the corner to meet friends.

"He knew his life was in danger but he still went out. He was afraid... five minutes later he was dead."

Margaret went on to reissue a heartfelt plea for no more bloodshed in the feud.

"I don't want anyone to be hurt," she said.

Margaret must bury her second son in just over a year after her son David Byrne was bludgeoned to death in Mountjoy Prison last year by an inmate using a sock filled with batteries.

David's body was later desecrated while at Jennings Funeral Home on Amiens Street, Dublin.

Thugs had broken into the funeral home and scrawled "Rats" and "I'm not gone" in red pen on the dead man's forehead.

The exact movements of Stephen Byrne and the known movements of the killer were revealed yesterday by the officers leading the murder investigation.

Gardai revealed how Mr Byrne had walked a short distance from his home to the FAS centre on Sheriff Street, where he stood with three other men when the lone gunman rode up to him on a black bicycle from the direction of St Laurence's Place East and opened fire on him at around 4.40pm on Tuesday.

They also revealed that the killer sped off on his bike in the direction of Seville Place, turning left in the direction of the Five Lamps.

However, he did not reach the Five Lamps and gardai are not sure where he went.

They have appealed to motorists or pedestrians, who may have spotted a young man on a black bike in that area between 4.40pm and 5pm to contact them in confidence.

The gunman was described as young and fairly agile and was wearing a balaclava and a grey hoodie.

Gardai appealed to anyone with information to contact their incident room at 01 6668089 or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.

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