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My whole world fell apart: Jim Donegan's widow's words of anguish

Tributes have been paid to a man shot dead while sitting in his car outside a west Belfast secondary school.

Jim 'JD' Donegan was killed while waiting for his 13-year-old son outside St Mary's Grammar School on the Glen Road. He was shot eight times after the gunman approached his Porsche Panamera.

Mr Donegan's funeral is set to take place on Thursday, with a number of tributes being placed in the family notices section of the Irish News.

Tribute was paid to him by his wife, children, father, siblings, extended family, and friends.

A message from his wife Laura and his son Max reads: "On Tuesday afternoon December 4th my whole world fell apart. You were taken from us in such a cruel and evil way. My heart aches for you babe, I have never known pain like it. No one will ever be able to take away our love and memories we shared."

A message from his father Jim reads: "Jim where do I begin. All I know is I will always miss and long for you. My heart hurts and will never feel the same. There is no greater ache than my son, my eldest, going before me."

The message from his uncle John and the McQuillan family reads: "I think of him living in the hearts of those he touched, for nothing loved is ever lost and we loved him so much."

On Tuesday night the PSNI released further CCTV footage of Mr Donegan's killer, showing him crossing the road with children moments before carrying out the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery, who is leading the murder investigation, described the images as "extremely chilling".

A 47-year-old man arrested yesterday in Turf Lodge in connection with the attack was later released unconditionally. This was the third arrest made by detectives. Police also stopped traffic and spoke with parents arriving to pick up children from schools in the area yesterday.

Mr Donegan's funeral will take place tomorrow with requiem mass at St John the Evangelist Church in Belfast at 10am followed by a service at Roselawn Crematorium at 1pm.

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