Mourners bring estate to standstill in candlelit vigil for murdered dad
Hundreds of people brought a Tallaght housing estate to a standstill last night in a candle-light vigil honouring murdered father-of-three Stephen Lynch.
More than 500 friends, acquaintances and neighbours brought flowers, balloons and other tokens of respect for the innocent 32-year-old who was deliberately run over in a shocking attack last Thursday.
The emotional tribute was also a show of solidarity for his heart-broken mother, Vera, and other family members who were being comforted by a steady stream of supporters at the family home on the Glenshane estate.
Mothers, fathers, grandparents, teenagers and children alike stood shoulder to shoulder as they recited the Lord's Prayer.
A local priest said Stephen died "an untimely death in an unjust way."
A spokesman for the family thanked the crowd for showing solidarity in their darkest hour. He paid tribute to Stephen as "a popular family man who loved to play soccer and socialise and always had a smile on his face".
He thanked members of the community who attended the vigil, noting that "it's important for us to show the positives in this community".
"Hopefully, justice will be served," he said to a thunderous round of applause.
A large gathering is expected at Stephen's funeral at 11am tomorrow at St Aidan's Church, Brookfield, followed by burial at Newlands Cross Cemetery.
Mr Lynch, who is from the Glenshane estate, is believed to have had words with four men, who are now the chief suspects in his murder and believed to be on the run.
The Herald revealed this week how a violent young boxer, wanted for killing the father-of-three, was in the area to collect drugs debts at the time of the murder.
It is understood that the boxer and three other men were in the Brookview area to "gather very small amounts of money" from local drug users.
"It seems that he just got involved in an argument with them," a source said.
Mr Lynch was not involved in crime in any way.
One theory is that the father-of-three had simply asked his suspected killers to slow down as they drove a silver Ford Focus erratically through the estate.
Mr Lynch was driven over and dragged on the road.
Gardai believe the car may have been driven back and forth over him.
The driver fled the scene on foot and is suspected of getting into another car.
There have so far been no arrests in relation to Mr Lynch's murder and it is understood that some members of the four-man gang have gone on the run.
They include two notorious brothers from Crumlin and a former boxing star with a reputation for extreme violence.