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Kevin McGuigan's son says dad 'will stay in his heart'

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 17/08/2015

Kevin McGuigan
Kevin McGuigan

One of the sons of the leading republican gunned down outside his home last week has paid tribute to his father and said that he will "never leave his heart".

Kevin McGuigan was shot dead in front of his wife in the Short Strand area of east Belfast last Wednesday night.

His son, Teddy, posted a tribute to him on social media that read: "Earliest memory I have of my daddy is when I was about 5/6 and my daddy teaching me how to ride a bike and he took me to the chapel grounds to teach me.

"I'll never forget the smile on his face when I could ride without stabilisers - he was so proud. I'll miss you daddy, you'll never leave my heart. A memory that will never leave my head."

In a separate post, McGuigan's niece told how she was still in shock. "RIP to my Uncle Kevin," she wrote. "He was such a gentleman and would have done anything for anyone.

It came as a photograph emerged apparently showing one of the killers fleeing the scene of the shooting.

The grainy image, captured on a mobile phone, was obtained by the Sunday World newspaper.

It shows a figure dressed in dark clothing from behind.

The newspaper reported that detectives investigating the murder were examining the footage.

Many people suspect the deceased was connected to the murder of former IRA commander Jock Davison earlier this year.

The two men were both allegedly involved in the republican Direct Action Against Drugs group, which targeted dealers for execution, but they are said to have had a bitter falling-out.

His family believes the killing was carried out by the IRA - a claim denied by Sinn Fein.

McGuigan was gunned down at Comber Court around 9pm on Wednesday.

It is understood he had been told by police that his life was under threat from republicans.

Neighbours were said to have given chase as the killers fled the scene.

McGuigan and Davison, who was shot dead in the Markets area of east Belfast in May, were once close friends.

But they fell out and McGuigan was later shot several times in a punishment attack that was said to have been ordered by Davison.

A man and a woman were arrested as part of the McGuigan murder investigation but were later released unconditionally.

First Minister Peter Robinson has warned of serious political repercussions if it is established that the Provisional IRA was involved in the execution-style shooting of the father-of-nine.

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