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Angry scenes outside funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy after car display

Scenes outside the Church on Friday during the funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Scenes outside the Church on Friday during the funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy. Picture Margaret McLaughlin

There were angry scenes at the funeral of Londonderry teenager Caoimhin Cassidy on Friday.

As the funeral cortege was making its way to the city cemetery after the funeral mass a car appeared outside St Mary's Church.

It drove around a roundabout outside the church several times at high speed before quickly leaving the area.

Footage posted on social media shows members of the congregation pelting the car with bottles and shouting obscenities as the car passes.

Police confirmed they were aware of two reports of antisocial behaviour involving two cars being driven erratically outside the church. Enquiries are ongoing, they said.

Local independent councillor Gary Donnelly said that Caoimhin's family had asked for there to be no such display at the funeral.

Councillor Donnelly said the family had been through enough in the last few days and branded the display outside the church "disgraceful".

Caoimhin's body was discovered in the passenger seat of a red Mazda car which was set ablaze in the Galliagh estate on Saturday morning.

The vehicle, which crashed in the Galliagh Park area, had earlier been stolen in the Rosemount area of the city.

Caoimhin was from Creggan Heights in the city and was known affectionately as 'Toot'. His friends and family made appeals on social media for help in finding him as he had not been in contact with any of them since Friday afternoon, 12 hours before the incident.

The funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy at St Mary's Church in the Creggan Estate of Derry city on Friday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
The funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy at St Mary's Church in the Creggan Estate of Derry city on Friday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
The funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy at St Mary's Church in the Creggan Estate of Derry city on Friday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin

Police said the teen had died an "appalling death," saying he may have been alive before the car caught fire.

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