Family 'want justice' for teen's murder

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The family of a 19-year-old boy shot dead by an unknown assailant has implored NSW police to keep investigating his murder.

Dyllan Kettule died from two shotgun wounds outside his girlfriend's unit block in Canley Vale in 2014.

Following a social barbecue in the early hours of January 26, his friends began leaving to go home.

Mr Kettule's girlfriend accompanied by friends began to walk his dog Trigger and he was seen walking in her direction.

Suddenly an unidentified person fired shots, the NSW Coroners Court heard on Thursday.

He fell to the ground with friends trying to assist him but he could not be revived.

The talented rugby league player had been accepted into the Sydney Roosters early development squad after moving from New Zealand to Australia with his family.

Coroner Derek Lee acknowledged another tragedy the family was facing after the loss of Dyllan's older brother Amar Kettule who was shot dead on a Fairfield street on January 10.

A statement read on behalf of the family said they were left with open wounds and memories that haunt their lives with no one held responsible.

"We feel like the case has disintegrated just like his corpse.

"We don't want to give up until this is solved ... we just want justice."

The family said they were angry and frustrated that other murders had been investigated and resolved but nobody had been held responsible for this crime.

Detective Senior Constable Brenton Sommerville has been leading the investigation into Mr Kettule's death.

He described the dedicated strikeforce of five officers who conducted a full-scale police operation including taking 58 statements from witnesses of the incident.

About 32 detectives were assigned at various times to the case while 180 statements were obtained and CCTV footage was viewed from 30 locations.

But the court heard that while the investigation had been lengthy and thorough, it was hampered by limited evidence.

Mr Lee recommended the case be referred to the unsolved homicide unit for further investigation.