The uncle of murder victim Jim Donegan has said he fears his nephew’s son will never get over what happened to his father.

Mr Donegan, 43, was shot eight times by a lone gunman while waiting to pick up his 13-year-old son from school on the Glen Road on Tuesday afternoon. The murder happened close to two schools- St Mary’s Grammar School and the Christian Brothers secondary school.

Speaking to ITV, Mr Donegan’s uncle, who was not named by the broadcaster, said: “All we want to do is get Jim laid to rest- it’s heart-breaking, absolutely heart-breaking.”

The uncle, who was speaking from the murder scene 48 hours after the brutal slaying, said he was too frightened to be named.

The interview is the first time a member of Mr Donegan’s family has spoken to the media about the killing.

Jim Donegan

Addressing speculation about why Mr Donegan was murdered, the uncle said: “I’d like to maybe just appeal to people to sit back and think- he was a father, a son, he was a good-natured fella.

“You know what, maybe tomorrow it’ll be someone else’s son.”

He said he feared Mr Donegan’s son will never get over his father’s murder.

“Coming down the school lane to be ushered back up, knowing that his daddy had been in the car, dead..terrible,” he said.

“Just please stop all the madness- we don’t want any other families to go through what we’re going through at the minute.”

Detectives released CCTV on Wednesday of the suspected gunman fleeing from the scene after shooting Mr Donegan.

Two men, aged 49 and 51, arrested on Wednesday by detectives investigating the murder, have been released unconditionally.

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