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Reward for killers of Philadelphia immigrant

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Patrick Markey

Almost seven weeks after Donegal immigrant Martin McConigley was gunned down on a Philadelphia street, the city’s Irish community is planning to offer a reward for information leading to the capture of his killers.

Detectives have not made any arrests in the October shooting and community leaders hope a reward would prompt witnesses to come forward.

"The longer the killers are out there, the are more likely they are to kill somebody else," said Tom Conaghan, director of the Philadelphia Immigration Resource Center.

Representatives of the Federation of Irish Societies will meet with the Irish community on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. at the center, at 6815 Emlen St., to discuss how to help McConigley’s family and push the murder investigation, Conaghan said.

McConigley was shot in the street near his construction business on Oct. 22 after he chased two armed thieves who had just robbed his business partner. McConigley, a father of young son, came across the robbers as they were leaving the firm. Giving chase in his car, he was shot through his windshield.

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