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Monday 11 December 2017

Tributes to 'gentleman and honest soul' Eddie

Gardai at the scene at Harty Avenue in Walkinstown Dublin were a 64-year-old victim was shot dead at his home
Gardai at the scene at Harty Avenue in Walkinstown Dublin were a 64-year-old victim was shot dead at his home

Moving tributes have been paid to innocent shooting victim Edward Nugent (64).

Floral tributes were laid outside the family home in Walkinstown as family and friends tried to come to terms with the horror of what had unfolded.

The retired truck driver was shot dead at his home on Harty Avenue as he answered a knock on the door at 9.30pm on Sunday.

One mourner left a note with a bouquet of flowers which read: "Rest in peace Eddie, a thorough gentleman and honest soul."

The local community have been plunged into shock by the savage murder, in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity in the shooting on Sunday night. Neighbours in the close-knit community said that the Nugent family were decent people.

One couple told the Herald that Mr Nugent was a "brilliant neighbour".

"They are a lovely family, very helpful, very decent people," they said.

FRUSTRATION

"When we moved here 10 years ago, we were told the people to get in touch for help were Edward and Ann."

Many people also vented their frustration on online forums, with one man saying: "Such a sound man."

The thoughts of many people were with the deceased man's family, and what they are going through.

A local woman said that the Harty Road area of Walkinstown was "very quiet". She said Mr Nugent always greeted her on the street and that he was a "very pleasant" man. There was "no harm in him at all", she said.

Other locals said they knew him from the Kestrel, his local pub.

One customer said Mr Nugent "loved fishing" and that he used to go out regularly in his boat. There was a small fishing boat in the driveway of Mr Nugent's home on Monday morning. His son Kieran said that family are in utter "shock" at the brutal slaying of an innocent man.

"We are numb. We are lost for words," he told the Herald.

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