FUNERAL TAKING PLACE FOR MURDERED NORTH BELFAST DRUG DEALER

Funeral being held for New IRA' murder victim Kevin Kearney who was shot dead on Tuesday in north Belfast

Funeral being held for New IRA’ murder victim Kevin Kearney who was shot dead on Tuesday in north Belfast

THE funeral is underway for drug dealer Kevin Kearney who was “executed” by a dissident republican terror group calling itself the ‘New IRA’.

Police found the body of the 46-year-old in a lake in Alexandra Park, off the Antrim Road, on Wednesday afternoon.

The father-of-four from Dunmore Road had gone missing the previous day after taking his dogs for a walk in the park.

The dogs returned home later that evening when the alarm was raised.

A funeral Mass for the murder victim is taking place at Holy Family Church on the Limestone Road.

He will be buried at Milltown cemetery in west Belfast.

A 39-year-old dissident republican suspect was arrested on Friday over the murder but was later released without charge.

The senior officer leading the hunt for the killers, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, described the murder as “callous and cold blooded”.

The ‘New IRA’ later issued a statement to the Irish News newspaper admitting responsibility for Mr Kearney’s murder.

It claimed it “executed” him following complaints from the “local community”.

And it warned other drug dealers to “desist immediately”.

 

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