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Son of dissident terror victim Kevin Kearney to be laid to rest after Belfast road death

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/11/2016

Kevin Kearney-McMillan
Kevin Kearney-McMillan
A tribute at the scene of the crash

The son of a dissident murder victim who died in a road crash will be laid to rest tomorrow morning at the same church where his murdered father's funeral took place at in 2013.

Kevin Kearney-McMillan (27) died when his silver Toyota Supra careered off the road on York Street in Belfast close to its junction with the Limestone Road, colliding with a tree.

The north Belfast man had recently become a father again when he died on Friday.

Rescue teams cut him from his wrecked vehicle and he was rushed to the Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, but later died.

Last night, family and friends were preparing to say their final farewells at a funeral in Holy Family Church, north Belfast on Tuesday morning. He will be buried at Milltown Cemetery.

His heartbroken mother Jeanette spoke of her sorrow in a death notice, saying that she has lost her only son, who had a "heart of gold".

"We will miss your wit, wisdom, kindness and compassion, and most of all son, your presence in our lives," she said.

Mr Kearney-McMillan's partner Katie said: "Where do I begin, you were the love of my life, left too soon, my love for you went beyond the moon, stay close to me and the boys Kevin, we love and miss you so much, you were the heart and soul of our family, love you so much, your Katie and boys."

His grandmother Maureen McMillan expressed her devastation in another heartrending death notice.

"Your smile has gone forever, and your hands we can never touch, we have so many memories we all love you so much," she said.

Many friends have expressed solidarity with the family.

Flowers and notes have been left at the site of the road crash.

It is the second devastating tragedy for the family.

Mr Kearney-McMillan's father, Kevin Kearney, was killed by the dissident republican group which calls itself "the IRA" in October 2013 in what police at the time termed as a "callous and cold-blooded murder".

His body was found in a lake in Alexandra Park. He had been shot.

The 46-year-old father-of-four had left his daughter off at school on Tuesday morning, and returned home to take his dogs for a walk in Alexandra Park.

Mr Kearney's brother Martin spoke out at that time and said the murder had "torn us apart".

"He lived for his children. He spent almost every hour with his children. It has torn the family apart. It has been a very emotional week. We're just devastated," he said.

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