Anthony Campbell, a life robbed.
Anthony was working downstairs in the house at Scribblestown Park, Finglas, around 9.30am when he was killed yesterday.He was out working, learning a trade, trying to make a few bob for christmas when he was shot dead. He was working in the house of gang boss Martin 'Marlo' Hyland when a gunman burst in into the house and shot him in the head.The hitman then dashed upstairs and shot Hyland at least four times with an automatic pistol in the head and back as the drug baron lay asleep in bed.
Close associates of Hyland (39) are thought to have been behind the crime boss's murder as they feared he was about to turn tout.
I'm not particularly bothered one way or another about Martin Hyland's death. I mean, I think it's awful and I feel sorry for his family, but he was a drug dealer and thought to be behind any number of killings himself. He was-to use a tired cliché- living by the sword.
But I am horrified that this young man was so brutally murdered, that no mercy was shown. That no compassion or even a shred of human decency entered the heart of the killer who killed Anthony Campbell. This is a whole new low for the 'gangland' crowd.
What kind of bastard does something like that?
I was just listening to a member of his family on the Orla Barry show and the shock and grief and disbelief is almost unbearable. I cannot imagine what they are going through, I can't imagine how they are going to make any sense of this callous act.
But something has to give.
When the journalist Veronica Guerin died the outrage and fury of the ordinary people on the street caused huge ripples in the criminal underworld. The pressure began to mount and the media were relentless. Garda muscle was finally flexed and the CAB formed to hit the murdering scumbags where it hurt them most, their finances.
This needs to happpen again.
There should be no shrugging and wringing of hands, there should be no apathy. There should be intense investigations, there should be pressure put on the gangs until someone shakes out a name. I don't believe that this gunman worked alone and I know that someone knows who he was and who hired him.
Anthony Campbell was a law abiding hard working young man, he deserves justice, his family deserve justice. I'm sickened for them today, I can't even remember the last time I felt this offended by my own kind.
Poor Anthony, R.I.P.