Stephen Carson murder: Funeral held in west Belfast
Family's life 'torn apart by darkness'
The funeral of Stephen Carson, who was shot at his home in south Belfast, has taken place at Holy Trinity Church in the west of the city.
The 28-year-old was shot dead in his house at Walmer Street on Thursday, February 25 as his 26-year-old partner and son watched on.
The nine-year-old boy has been left traumatised.
Fr Smyth told mourners that a family had had their lives "torn apart by darkness".
Fr Smyth said: "Life is so cheap that it can be snuffed out in the blink of an eye or by the pulling of a trigger. There is no justification for treating life in such a way. "
Mr Carson, who moved into the area following his recent release from prison, and was originally from Turf Lodge in west Belfast.
The family were eating a meal at around 10.45pm when the gang burst in.
A confrontation followed and Mr Carson took cover in a downstairs bathroom.
However, the gang shot him through the door.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness described the murder as a "terrible tragedy".
He passed on his sympathies to the victim's family and urged anyone with information to pass it to police.
The main line of inquiry for police is that Stephen Carson was shot as part of a criminal feud.
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