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Father's vicious killing 'shocked west Belfast community'

Published 21/12/2015

The coffin of Christopher Meli is carried during his funeral in Belfast
The coffin of Christopher Meli is carried during his funeral in Belfast
Christoper Meli died after being beaten around the head in grassland in the Twinbrook area

The murder of a father beaten to death in west Belfast has shocked the community, a priest told mourners at his funeral.

Christopher Meli, 20, was attacked on a pathway in the Twinbrook area during the early hours of December 12.

It is believed up to 20 people were involved in a number of violent incidents that ended with the killing on grassland known locally as Doc's Lane.

Father Aidan Denny told mourners at the Church of the Annunciation: "Nothing can prepare us for something like this."

His coffin was taken from his home in Sliabh Dubh Lane on Monday and placed in a horse-drawn funeral hearse. A lone piper led the cortege.

Police have said Mr Meli was subjected to a sustained and vicious assault.

His death has caused devastation to his family and shocked the wider community, officers have added.

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