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He’s a gentleman, it’s a complete mystery, says shocked close friend of murder victim Michael Tormey

A friend of murder victim Michael Tormey last night told of his shock that the father of two may have been killed because of a grudge.

Darren McGavin, who opened pubs in south Dublin with the 49-year-old late, also said how devastated Michael’s friends were after the first gun murder in 2022. .

Michael Tormey was shot dead in the garden of his home in Ballyfermot on Sunday morning

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Michael Tormey was shot dead in the garden of his home in Ballyfermot on Sunday morning
The body was removed from the scene at the house on Thomond . Road

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The body was removed from the scene at the house on Thomond . RoadCredit: Gary Ashe – The Sun Dublin

Michael was shot dead in the garden of his home on Thomond Road in Ballyfermot, west of Dublin, around 5am on Sunday while his wife and one of his daughters were asleep.

Although the former salesman is not involved in organized crime and has no ties to criminal gangs, gardai is probing whether he was killed because of a possible feud. Are not.

As the investigative team from Ballyfermot Garda Station continued to track down his killer, lifelong friend Darren told how people were “confused” by the murder.

“When we got to the door Mick was always trying to de-escalate the situation – he was very diplomatic,” Mr. McGavin said.

“I met him last week and we agreed to go for a drink early and he didn’t seem threatened in any way.

“I don’t know if he has any enemies because he is loved by everyone in Ballyfermot.

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“It is a complete mystery as to why someone would try to kill him this way and I wonder if he said the wrong thing to someone at some stage – it is impossible to know. I think if he leaves the house early in the morning it’s probably to defuse the situation with someone and calm them down. “

Darren added: “Everyone at Ballyfermot has great things to say about him and he will always listen to people’s concerns and try to help them.

“I just don’t understand why anyone would want to target him in this way. I still can’t believe he’s gone and everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with his family at such a sad time.

“He was never involved in anything and just lived for his family.”

Gardai has yet to identify a clear motive for the gruesome murder.

But they are investigating several theories including that Michael may have been targeted because of a grudge from his past.

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They are also investigating whether he was threatened by an organized crime gang or whether he sided with someone involved in a serious crime.

Officers are trying to determine if more than one gunman was involved in the killings and whether a getaway car was used.

They also believe a handgun – possibly fitted with a silencer – was used but its location has yet to be determined.

Earlier this week, Michael’s close friend Darren told us he was confused as to why his friend was killed.

Darren was shocked as Shell said: “It’s a complete mystery as to why anyone would want to do this to Mick because he’s a complete gentleman and has nothing to do with anything.

“He enjoyed a few pints but that was all and he is very well respected at Ballyfermot.

“Michael made a lasting impression on the people he left behind. This is so sudden and horrible and our thoughts are with his family.”

GOFUNDME

Another friend of Mr Tormey, Sarah Hopkins, founded a GoFundMe on his behalf to support grieving loved ones, such as his wife Amy and two daughters, with the site attracting nearly €4,000 in donations. .

The investigation into the vicious shooting is being run by investigators from Ballyfermot Garda station.

Supt Tony Twomey said in a public appeal this week: “We have a full investigative team assigned to this and we are delighted that we will establish the motive with time. We are pleased that Mr. Tormey is not involved in the crime.

“We have 20 officers working on the case and the investigation team is working on it.

“We are yet to determine whether multiple people encountered Mr Tormey on his doorstep or whether a getaway car, if any, was used.”

The top police officer added: “I am aware of the concerns in the Ballyfermot community and I would like to assure you that the necessary policy response through investigation and proactive policymaking will be provided to alleviate concerns. their.”

Lifetime best friend Darren McGavin tells how people were'perplexed' by murder

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Lifetime best friend Darren McGavin tells how people were ‘perplexed’ by murderCredit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin

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