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Investigation continues into Philadelphia killing

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Harry Keaney

Members of the Irish community in Philadelphia hope to have the case of Martin McConigley, a Donegal immigrant shot dead last September, featured on the nationwide television program "America’s Most Wanted," according to Tom Conaghan, president of the Federation of Irish Societies in the city.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman said that investigations into the murder are continuing. Homicide detectives suspect that McConigley’s killers may have known him or had dealings with him.

McConigley, from Fanad, Co. Donegal, was shot several times as he chased two armed thieves who had robbed his business partner inside their construction company in the northwestern area of the city on the afternoon of Oct. 22, 1999.

The robbers left Sean Clinton tied up in an office as he waited for McConigley, who was carrying the company’s payroll. As the two robbers fled, McConigley followed them in his car but was shot dead through the windshield.

The Philadelphia Irish community has raised more than $20,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of McConigley’s killers.

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