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Gangster is suspect in hit and run killing

A SOUTH inner city gangster has emerged as a new suspect in the hit and run killing of a father-of-two.

Edward Lynch (37, below) died two days after being mowed down by a car in Ballyfermot on February 23, 2009.

In the aftermath of the second anniversary, his heartbroken family has appealed for information on his murder as a fourth suspect emerged in the investigation.

Gardai had already established two drug dealers and a vicious and violent young criminal from Blanchardstown as suspects, but further information has led them to believe that a major Inchicore crime figure was also involved.

It is understood that the Inchicore gangster may have ordered the killing which was carried out by a young associate.

A family spokesperson told the Herald: "We absolutely believe that we can get justice for Edward. There have been extremely significant developments in the case recently but we are willing to wait as long as it takes to get closure.

"The new suspect is known to gardai and he has a history of violence. Our pain is now 10 times worse because we now know someone plotted to have him killed," she added.

The family erected a memorial plaque on the junction of Claddagh Road and Claddagh Green in Ballyfermot, the spot where Edward was brutally murdered.

One of the leading suspects in the killing is also the chief suspect in the murder of tragic 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie who was stabbed with garden shears in February last year.

The suspect, in his mid 20s, has a history of erratic behaviour and more than a dozen convictions for assault, robbery and criminal damage.

He has clashed with gardai in the past and has a history of using knives against teens and extreme violence on women.

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