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Delivery driver Dan Murray's murderers facing eternal punishment, priest tells Requiem Mass

Dissident killers acted as judge, jury and executioner, slain Dan Murray's funeral hears

By Amanda Ferguson

The people responsible for bringing murder to the streets of Belfast will face God's judgement, a priest has told mourners at the funeral of slain delivery driver Daniel Murray.

A Requiem Mass for the 55-year-old father-of-six, who was lured to his death with a bogus food order last week, was attended by Mr Murray's heartbroken family, friends and his partner Ciara Austin.

His coffin was brought to Holy Trinity Parish Church in Turf Lodge yesterday afternoon in a horse-drawn carriage.

Among floral tributes to the murdered man were wreaths spelling out "Dan the man" and "Granda".

Father Brendan Smyth told mourners they had been added to the long list of people across Ireland suffering at "the hands of those who have no care for justice, those who seek to settle things by the barrel of a gun".

Mr Murray, who was known to police and had survived a previous attempt on his life last year, was shot dead in his car in the Lady Street area of west Belfast on May 9.

Fr Smyth described the deadly attack as "horrific" and said there could be no justification for murder, adding the man's life had been "snuffed out in the blink of an eye - from behind him his killers set themselves up as judge, jury and executioner".

Fr Smyth also told mourners the gunman believed life was "worthless" and that they faced eternal punishment.

"Those who took Danny's life, and all who are involved in leading others down the path of self-destruction, may well have no care or thought that what they do, they do to Jesus," he said. "Well they would do well to listen to the end of the Gospel.

"The words of the Gospel are clear and concise, without confusion - 'and these will go off to eternal punishment'."

Two days after Mr Murray was murdered, the Workers Party held a protest against the recent upsurge in paramilitary activity on the Grosvenor Road, close to the scene of the fatal shooting.

Community and political representatives at the rally called for an immediate end to gun attacks and other violence in Belfast following a series of shootings in the north and west of the city.

PSNI officers investigating Mr Murray's murder have also described the killing as "horrific".

Detectives in the case made two arrests last week.

Both men were subsequently released unconditionally.

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