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Teenage son of Jim Donegan pays heartfelt tribute as police release new footage of killer

Murder victim Jim 'JD' Donegan with his wife Laura

THE teenage son of Jim 'JD' Donegan has paid a heartfelt tribute to his father, who was gunned down as he waited to pick him up from school in west Belfast earlier this month.

Jamie Donegan told his father "don't worry about me, Cris or my mummy because we have each other" and said the lone gunman who shot the 43-year-old eight times "will get caught".

The 13-year-old, who was prevented by teachers at St Mary's Grammar School from witnessing the aftermath of the murder, added: "I hope you're ok, no matter what anyone says about you, you were my daddy and that's the way I will remember you as".

"I hope you are ok because if you are I am... rest easy daddy".

Mr Donegan's wife of two years Laura, who has denied he was involved in criminality, also paid tribute to the father-of-two by saying her "whole world fell apart" on the day he was murdered.

Police released new CCTV footage yesterday:

"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."

Police yesterday returned to the scene of the murder on the Glen Road in west Belfast to appeal for information.

Further CCTV of the lone gunman who carried out the gangland-style execution on December 4 was also released.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery returns to the scene of the murder of Jim JD Donegan.

It shows the killer dressed in a hi-vis jacket casually making his way along the Glen Road, passing parents and pupils of nearby schools.

A heartfelt tribute was paid by 13-year-old Jamie Donegan to his father Jim

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery said: "It was utter madness to fire a gun so close to the school as any one of these bullets could have ricocheted and hit the children standing nearby.

"I need to remove this dangerous man from our streets. A man who thought it was acceptable to traumatise young children."

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