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Help us catch killers, plead family of shot driver David

THE family of murdered Ballyfermot van driver David D'Arcy have pleaded with the public to help catch his killers as gardai remain baffled as to why he was shot down in cold blood.

Investigators are still trying to find a motive for the execution of David (39) on Cherry Orchard Avenue as he left for work on Monday morning.

And today his family appealed to the public to come forward with any piece of information they may have about the shooting.

"I miss him. He was the best. He gave me everything - anything I asked for he gave it to me straight away," sobbed David's daughter Janice (15).

"Why would anyone want to do this to him?" she asked.

David has no criminal convictions, is not known to be involved in any criminality, and had no gang links or drug connections, gardai believe.

His family have also ruled out any connection to his shooting and the attempted murder of a local Republican figure Frank Nolan who was targeted on September 7 and shot three times.

"It has nothing to do with Frankie Nolan because he was not involved in anything like that," David's sister Lorraine said.

"He would have told us. He was not involved in anything like that," she reiterated.

David was shot dead by a gunman as he reversed his van out of his driveway at 6.50 on Monday morning.

He left for work at the same time every day, and gardai are convinced that his killers singled him out in a planned hit.



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David's father Henry branded the killers "scumbags".

"You raise a son, you work hard rearing your kids up and scumbags come along and just kill him off," he said.

"I would say to judges, they should get up off their arses and give them life in prison, not eight years. I wonder if it happened to one of their sons how would they feel," Henry added.

David's brother Stephen defended him, and said he was just a regular guy who worked hard and enjoyed his family and dogs.

"David was his own person, he got up in the morning, went to work, came home," he said.

"He sat in most weekends with himself, Mandy and the kids, and a few of his mates. He didn't do the whole pub thing," Stephen explained.

"He liked coming home to walk his dogs, he liked coming home to do his gardening, and he liked fishing at weekends. The most exciting part of his day was probably walking his dogs," he added.

David's sister Lorraine said they cannot understand why her brother was killed.

"We were trying to think if he was on the street and got into a fight, but there is nothing like that," she explained.

The family appealed for anyone who may have noticed somebody getting up earlier than usual, or who heard David's name being discussed, to come forward in confidence to gardai.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballyfermot gardai on 01 6667200, or on the garda Confidential Line at 1800 666111, or to call or visit garda station.

cfeehan@herald.ie