Crossmaglen Rangers star James Hughes shot dead

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Updated: December 12, 2011

A talented GAA player, who was gunned down in cold blood, pleaded for his life moments before been shot dead in a taxi.

James Hughes had been out enjoying a drink with friends when the shocking incident took place at 4.00 am yesterday morning. Hughes was dropping his friend, Patrica Byrne, home when the gunman, who was said to be a love rival of Hughes, gunned him down while he was sitting in the front seat of the taxi.

The gunman then chased after the taxi and shot Hughes a second time through the window of the car. An onlooker told how she heard Hughes plead “please, don’t kill me” as the second shot was fired.

A 32- year -old man was last night been questioned about the shooting by gardai. The man handed himself into the gardai shortly after the incident It is understood he is helping with the garda inquiries and has confessed to the shooting.

A talented GAA player, who was gunned down in cold blood, pleaded for his life moments before been shot dead in a taxi.

James Hughes had been out enjoying a drink with friends when the shocking incident took place. Hughes was dropping his friend, Patrica Byrne, home when the gunman, who was said to be a love rival of Hughes, gunned him down while he was sitting in the front seat of the taxi.

The gunman then chased after the taxi and shot Hughes a second time through the window of the car. An onlooker told how she heard Hughes plead “please, don’t kill me” as the second shot was fired.

A 32- year -old man was last night been questioned about the shooting by gardai. The man handed himself into the gardai shortly after the incident It is understood he is helping with the garda inquiries and has confessed to the shooting.

This is the latest tragedy to hit the Hughes family in recent times. Only last April, his mother, Joan (56) died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and was buried on Easter Sunday

Speaking about the news yesterday, local councillor Terry Hearty said: “The community is devastated. He was well known and well liked and he came from a very respectable family. It is their second tragedy.”

Mr Hughes, who has three children , was captain of the Crossmaglen Rangers GAA club in south Armagh and won three All Ireland club medals with them during his career.

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