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Police appeal as funeral held for murder victim Colin Horner

By Staff Reporter

A heavy police presence surrounded the funeral yesterday of murdered Co Antrim man Colin Horner, who was shot dead in front of his young son.

The 35-year-old was gunned down among crowds of shoppers in the car park of Sainsbury's superstore on the outskirts of Bangor in Co Down on Sunday, May 28.

Mourners came dressed in blue items of clothing in tribute to his favourite football team, Chelsea.

His distraught mother, Lesley Horner, appeared to have dyed part of her hair blue.

A family member held a picture of Mr Horner.

It is understood Mr Horner was a friend of former South East Antrim UDA boss Geordie Gilmore, who was murdered in Carrickfergus in March.

Police believe the Bangor shooting may have been linked to the Carrick killing.

Speaking previously to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Horner's mother said her son had been trying to turn his life around for the sake of his family.

She said: "As a teenager he made some bad choices and decisions. However, in recent years he realised this was not the way he wanted to live his life.

"He wanted better for himself and his family."

She added: "As a mother, I will not rest until justice is served for my beloved son."

Several arrests have been made over the murder and one man has been charged and has appeared in court.

On Sunday night detectives revisited the scene of Colin Horner's murder in Sainsbury's car park, Bangor - one week on - in an attempt to jog the memories of local people.

Officers handed out leaflets to members of the public asking for information about the murder and a maroon Ford Mondeo car which was believed to have been used by the killers.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said they had recently received helpful information from the public and called it a "brutal and senseless" killing.

He said: "I would like to thank anyone who has contacted police. It really is vitally important to our investigation. I would continue to appeal to people for their help as our investigations progress.

"I would ask that anyone who has captured any footage at the scene, either on devices or on dashcams, to please get in touch."

Det Supt Geddes added: "I would also like to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle Colin Horner was driving when he left his partner's home in the Balloo Road area of Bangor around 2pm.

"It was a black Nissan Pulsar car, registration XFZ 4706 and it arrived in the Sainsbury's car park around 2.30pm. I am keen to trace his movements during that half hour period. Information about the movements of a red Ford Mondeo car, bearing the false registration plate GKZ 7996, which was seen speeding away from the scene around 2.50pm just after Mr Horner was shot, is also important to our investigation.

"It was later found burnt out at Kerrs Road, in the Six Road Ends area of Bangor, close to a local equestrian centre."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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