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Poignant tributes of slain man's children

THE young children of Ireland's latest gangland victim, who witnessed their father gunned down in broad daylight, have left messages of love for their slain dad at the scene.

Daniel Gaynor (25) was gunned down in front of his children and his partner in Finglas on Saturday evening.

Just around the corner is Barnamore Crescent, where Gaynor lived with his partner. More than a dozen floral tributes have been left at the house, which is empty and looks run-down.

Poignant messages from Mr Gaynor's loved ones adorned the bouquets, including touching notes from his brother, partner and children.

"Daniel, the love of my life, my best friend, my soul mate, love you forever. x x x," read one.

Two touching tributes from Gaynor's young children, who are just six and seven years old, read: "To daddy, we love you. x x x."

Another tribute from Daniel's brother read: "Brother, missing you like mad already, thinking of you and always will be. You will always be with me. Rest in peace, bro."

Gaynor, who was well-known to gardai, was gunned down by a lone gunman in front of his partner and children.

The gunman attacked Gaynor as he and his family walked along St Helena's Road in Finglas, just metres from his partner's house, at 6.50pm.

He was shot by the gunman using a handgun and received a fatal wound to the neck.

The killer then ran from the scene, and escaped by climbing over railings into the Carrigallen and Gortmore housing estates. A garda search of the area close to the murder scene yielded a handgun.

Gaynor was taken by ambulance to Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the shooting.

hnews@herald.ie