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Sunday 28 May 2017

'I will always love you' - fiancee's moving tribute to murdered Neil

Flowers at the scene of the attack on Neil Reilly Picture: Collins
Flowers at the scene of the attack on Neil Reilly Picture: Collins
Neil Reilly

The grieving fiancee of a man who was beaten up, stabbed and mown down by a car in west Dublin said she loves him "to the moon and back".

Gina McAney left an emotional note to her fiance Neil Reilly (36) at the murder scene in Lucan.

She paid a moving tribute to him just weeks after they announced their engagement at Christmas.

In the note, Gina wrote: "I love you with all my heart and I always will. You made me a better person. Love you to the moon and back. You're my person."

Suspects

The father-of-two was stabbed, beaten and had a car driven over him near The Glebe estate in Lucan, west Dublin, shortly after 4am last Wednesday.

No arrests have yet been made but detectives investigating Reilly's murder have made significant progress in the probe and have identified four suspects.

Gardai conducted a series of searches at a number of properties linked to the suspects last week. It is believed gardai have spoken informally to the four men suspected of involvement and are keeping them under surveillance.

Gardai believe Reilly, who previously served a seven-year prison sentence for possession of cocaine worth €66,000 at Dublin Port in 2009, was involved in a shooting incident minutes before he was attacked.

During the incident, two shots were fired into a house in Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin.

It is believed the intention behind this incident was to serve as a warning.

However, a number of people were awake in the house at the time and left the property to pursue Reilly.

Reilly travelled from Liscarne Gardens but lost control of his Mazda car and crashed into a lamppost outside the estate in Lucan.

It is believed the victim was disorientated as he got out of his crashed vehicle and stumbled out onto the road, where he was mown down by a car driven by one of the suspects. He was then beaten up and stabbed.

Injuries

He died later at St James's Hospital. A post-mortem examination showed that the victim had suffered serious injuries to his head and back.

As part of their investigation, gardai recovered three vehicles they believe were used to transport the killers to and from the murder scene.

CCTV footage from a number of homes and businesses in the Clondalkin and Lucan areas have also been examined by gardai.

Gardai are not treating Reilly's killing as gangland-related and are focused on a line of inquiry relating to car repairs.

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