'Dad, I wish you weren't taken so soon' - tributes left to murdered father
Poignant messages of love and devotion adorned a shrine to murder victim Dermot Byrne in Swords yesterday.
The stone steps at Fingal Community College, where the battered businessman was discovered in the early hours of Sunday, were covered in candles, flowers and balloons.
The victim's daughter Rebecca wrote a message on a red balloon, saying: "Dad, I wish you weren't taken so soon. I love you so much."
Another daughter, Shawna, wrote on a different balloon: "To Dad, You were one in a million. Love you."
The father-of-three was also remembered with a third balloon that bore the message: "Dad, you're the best."
Mr Byrne (56), a director of Intercontinental, a wholesale bicycle company based in Finglas, is believed to have been the innocent victim of a street assault by a group of individuals.
He was beaten, stripped naked, and left to die.
Despite the efforts of emergency services and paramedics, he died at the scene.
He lived in Swords, and formerly at Glasnevin Avenue in Dublin.
Gardai are treating the death of the highly-respected businessman as murder.
Up to half-a-dozen men are expected to be arrested in the coming days.
"Dermot, you were an absolute gent. The world is a sad place without you," said another message that was left on the stone steps.
Another declared: "Lovely neighbour. Taken tragically. Rest in peace."
Shawna took to Facebook to appeal for information on her father's death.
"I can't even begin to describe the pain and devastation that has hit our family," she wrote.
"Please, if anyone has any information please contact the guards."
A Garda investigation is continuing following the release of a career criminal on Tuesday.
While a file on the south Dublin man, who has more than 60 previous convictions, will now be prepared for the DPP, sources say officers have also identified a number of other young men who were allegedly involved in the incident.
"This murder is considered a joint enterprise, which would have made it very difficult to charge just one person in relation to it," said a source.