Man shot in case of mistaken identity died of gunshot wound to head, inquest hears

A 24 year old man killed in a case of mistaken identity died of a gunshot wound to the head. 
Martin O’Rourke, a father of three with an address at Focus Ireland, George's Hill, Dublin 7 was gunned down in a lunchtime attack on Dublin’s Sherriff St on April 14 last. 

An inquest into his death opened at Dublin Coroner’s Court heard the cause of death was determined by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy, who carried out a post-mortem on the day of death.

Martin O’Rourke’s sister Catherine, was present in court, wept during the inquest, which heard that the investigation into the young man’s death is ongoing.

Detective Inspector Sharon Kennedy of Store Street garda station applied for a six month adjournment of the inquest to allow for ongoing inquiries.

“The death is the subject of a criminal investigation that is ongoing,” Det Insp Kennedy said, confirming a file has yet to be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The gunman fled the scene on a bicycle following the botched shooting, which took place on a city street in broad daylight.

The man had recently returned to education and had recently begun to develop a relationship with his children, according to reports following his death.

He was laid to rest following requiem mass at St Michan’s church on Church St in Dublin’s south inner City.

Man shot in case of mistaken identity died of gunshot wound to head, inquest hears

Homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry was among those to pay their respects at the funeral. Fr Derek Farrell told mourners Mr O’Rourke was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time.’

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane adjourned the inquest until February 10 2017 and offered condolences to the O’Rourke family.

“I know it is very difficult for you to go through this short hearing into the tragic loss of your brother in these circumstances,” the coroner said.

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