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Son of Jim Donegan pays tribute to 'hero' dad after school murder


Jim Donegan

The son of a man shockingly murdered outside a west Belfast school on Tuesday has paid tribute to his late father saying, he would "forever be my hero".

Cris Donegan posted the tribute on social media after his dad Jim was gunned down outside St Mary's Grammar School on the Glen Road.

He posted a series of pictures of himself with his late father and wrote: "You'll never know just how proud I was to call you my daddy, you'll forever be my hero. Love you".

The 43-year-old died instantly after a lone gunman approached his Porsche Panamera, which was parked outside St Mary's, and fired eight shots.

Mr Donegan, who was waiting to collect his son, was hit in the chest and head.

The 13-year-old missed the assassination of his father by just a few seconds.

Also known as Jim and JD, he lived in the Lisburn area with his family.

CCTV footage, released by police, shows his killer emerge from Clonelly Drive as he walked towards his target at around 3.10pm.

Two men aged 49 and 51 arrested in connection with Mr Donegan's murder have been released unconditionally.

Belfast Telegraph