Northern Ireland

Dan Murray funeral: Priest describes Belfast murder as 'horrific'

Image caption Dan Murray, a fast food delivery driver, was killed after being lured by a bogus takeaway order

A priest at a Belfast murder victim's funeral has said it was a "horrific" attack by killers who set themselves up as "judge, jury and executioner".

Dan Murray was shot as he sat in his car on Lady Street, near Grosvenor Road, last Monday night.

The 55-year-old fast food delivery driver was lured to his death after responding to a bogus takeaway order.

Mr Murray had survived a previous gun attack about a year ago, when he was shot in the face in his home.

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Image caption Murder victim Dan Murray had survived a previous gun attack in May 2015

Two mourners carried a banner reading " Rest in peace Dan the man". They shouted abuse and made abusive gestures on the way into the church.

Other people wore T-shirts bearing an image of Mr Murray.

At the service Fr Brendan Smyth told mourners: "Danny's death was indeed an horrific one, where his life was snuffed out in the blink of an eye.

"From behind him, the killers set themselves up as judge jury and executioner and, no doubt, with no concern for his children and the impact that his murder would have upon them."

The priest added that the grief of Mr Murray's family has been "played out in the light of public glare".

"They have been added to the very long list of those who suffer at the hands of those who have no care for justice, those who seek to settle things by the barrel of a gun.

"And they say we live in a more civilised and peaceful time in our city's, our country's history. I think not."

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Image caption Mr Murray was shot dead in his car while making a delivery to Lady Street in west Belfast

Two days after his death, about 100 people attended a protest in west Belfast against paramilitary attacks.

It was organised by the Workers' Party and took place on the Grosvenor Road, close to the scene of the fatal shooting.

Police investigating the murder made two arrests last week, but both men were subsequently released unconditionally.

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