There was a painful repeat of emotional scenes yesterday as family and friends of Philip Hull gathered at his funeral in Co Antrim.
The doorman murdered his wife Sharon in the home they used to share before killing himself last weekend, leaving their three children, all under 10, orphans.
The funeral cortege left the home of the rugby player’s mother Lorna Fleming and made its way to St John’s Church in Crumlin yesterday afternoon for the service of thanksgiving.
Mrs Hull was buried on Tuesday near the family’s home in Antrim town, the scene of the killing.
The grief-stricken faces of the mourners were yet another heartbreaking reminder of how the tragic murder suicide of Sharon and Philip Hull has left their three children, Callum, Daniel and Leah, without parents. After the funeral service Mr Hull’s coffin was carried by relatives and friends the short distance to the town’s New Cemetery where he was laid to rest.
As the two shell-shocked families try and cope with the aftermath of the double tragedy, Mr Hull’s former boss spoke of how he doesn’t believe the father-of-three set out to commit his wife’s murder.
The Antrim man worked as a doorman at Walsh’s Hotel in Maghera, where former boss Kieran Bradley said he was “very well-liked”.
He said stunned staff at the hotel are still trying to come to terms with the news their work colleague killed his wife and then took his own life.
Mr Bradley said he doesn’t believe Mr Hull intended to kill his wife, who had taken out a non-molestation order against him less than two weeks before her murder.
The hotelier said: “We knew him and the wife had broken up but you would never think that would happen.
“I don’t believe he meant to do this, but once it was done he had no other way out.”