Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Funeral of officer killed by husband

Caroline Kewley's brother Mark Clarke (left) helps family and friends carry the coffin at the shot police officer's funeral in Newry yesterday

Family and friends of the part-time PSNI woman who died in a tragic shooting earlier this week yesterday gathered together for her funeral.

Caroline Kewley's body was found with that of her husband Andrew in the early hours of Tuesday at their bungalow in Mayobridge near Newry.

It is believed Mrs Kewley was shot dead by her husband who then turned the gun on himself.

Dozens of mourners turned out yesterday afternoon for the Requiem Mass at the Chapel of Ease, Monk's Hill, on the outskirts of Newry.

Father Niall Sheehan paid tribute to Mrs Kewley and acknowledged the shock and sorrow that her death had brought to the area.

"The news of Caroline's sudden and tragic death has brought many people to ask why the life of a young, vivacious and generous woman has come to an abrupt end amongst us," he told mourners in the packed chapel.

"When a younger person dies, it seems that the future dies with them. We may feel that Caroline has been cheated out of opportunities, that possibilities have been snatched from her grasp.

"We may feel that in Caroline's tragic and violent death, the delicate tapestry of life has unravelled before our eyes."

He continued: "When we look upon the tapestry of our lives we discover that it is woven with many different threads and hands. All of you indeed will have well-stitched memories of Caroline."

Following the service Mrs Kewley's body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the chapel.

The funeral of Andrew Kewley, who worked with an organisation helping young people, is due to be held on Monday at Roselawn Crematorium in Belfast.

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