The family of Wayne Doherty, who was gunned down earlier this year, have said that their son wasn't connected to the Provisional IRA, amid claims that Dublin's latest killing was revenge for his death.
Jason Egan, a 23-year-old father of two, was shot four times as he closed his family shop in Mulhuddart, Dublin, at 8.30pm on Friday. Gardai suspected that Egan's death was retaliation for the murder of Mr Doherty (32) last July.
It is believed he was singled out by the gunman because of his close association with the prime suspect in the Doherty killing.
It had been claimed that some of Mr Doherty's associates had strong connections to the Provisional IRA and had vowed to avenge his death. But Mr Doherty's father, John, said that his son had no connections whatsoever to the IRA.
"As far as I'm concerned he had nothing to do with the Provisionals," he said. "This act was not carried out on behalf of our family. Some of the reports claimed that Wayne was connected to the Provisionals.
"That's not the case. I have already extended my sympathies to the Egan family. I know what they're going through."
Mr Egan was a popular member of the Mulhuddart community and was active in Corduff Football Club. Locals described him as a respected businessman.
He was locking up the family newsagents and deli, Centrepoint, located at the junction of Parlickstown and Ladyswell Roads when a gunman approached him and fired shots from a handgun into his body.
The scene of the crime remained cordoned off yesterday, with flowers placed near where the incident occurred, and gardai continued to comb the area for clues.
The victim's mother, Carmel, who lived 100 metres from the shop, and who is understood to have arrived on the scene when her son was being attended to by medics, was too upset to talk yesterday.