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Monday 16 July 2018

'Help find our son's killer', pleads gangland victim's family

Darren Kearns and parents Frances and Philip were close. Photo: Paul Sheridan
Darren Kearns and parents Frances and Philip were close. Photo: Paul Sheridan

The parents of Kinahan-Hutch feud victim Darren Kearns broke their silence last night and pleaded for anyone with information about their son's 2015 murder to come forward.

Kearns, a convicted drug dealer, was shot dead outside a pub on Blackhorse Avenue, and key hitmen for the Kinahan Cartel were suspected.

The Herald previously revealed that Kearns (33), murdered on December 30, 2015, was suspected by Daniel Kinahan's mob of being involved in the botched Red Cow shooting involving cartel associate Liam Roe, in which a gunman approached Roe as he smoked a cigarette outside, but his gun jammed.

Last night on RTE's Crimecall, Kearns's family spoke for the first time about his murder.

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His father Philip revealed the strong bond he once shared with his son, saying: ''People say you can't be a father and a best friend. We were, and that's how close we were as a family and a unit.''

His sister Martina said: ''He was so full of life, he loved life.''

Mother Frances recalled the last time she saw him, saying: "The last memory I have with him, he was so happy. We were going away and the next memory I have he was coming home in a box."

On the evening of the murder, his family rushed to the scene. The events they witnessed were painful for Frances to recall.

"Next I hear everyone was roaring that he was gone. It's very hard to look at your child lying in the cold night, lying on the ground," she said.

Though two-and-a-half years have passed since the murder, the family is still in shock and Martina said: "It's like a nightmare, like something in a movie, not reality. He didn't deserve that.''

Frances is still trying to come to terms with the death.

"I got a lot of love from the short time I had him. A lot of laughter, and sadness," she said.

In an effort to progress the investigation, Frances appealed for help, adding: "If you know anything, as small as it is, please, please come forward.''

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimecall on 1800 40 50 60 or Blanchardstown Garda Station on (01) 666 7000.

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