A funeral service has taken place for murdered ‘dial-a-death’ drug dealer Dan Murray who was shot dead in a gun attack in West Belfast a week ago.
Dan Murray was shot as he sat in his car on Lady Street off the Grosvenor Road last Monday night, May 9.
Detectives say the 55-year-old fast food delivery driver was lured to his death by a bogus takeaway order.
Mr Murray was well known to police over his supply in prescription drugs.
He had survived a previous gun attack about a year ago.
During the attack, he was shot in the face at his north Belfast.
Fr Brendan Smyth today told mourners that the grief of Mr Murray’s family has been “played out in the light of public glare”.
He added: “They have been added to the very long list of those who suffer at the hands of those who have no care for justice, those who seek to settle things by the barrel of a gun.
“And they say we live in a more civilised and peaceful time in our city’s, our country’s history. I think not.”
Police investigating the murder described Mr Murray’s killing as “horrific”.
Detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team (MIT) made two arrests last week, but both men were subsequently released unconditionally.
At press conference last week, MIT Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell explained: “Mr Murray had been in the area as part of his job as a delivery driver for a take away restaurant and was making a delivery to an address in Lady Street when he was shot and fatally injured.
“I believe the call to place the order for the delivery was made from a phone box at the junction of Antrim Road and Cliftonville Road at around 9:58pm.
“The gunman or gunmen were then waiting for Mr Murray when he went to the Lady Street area to make the delivery.
“I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in this area or anyone who may have observed anyone acting suspiciously in the Antrim Road/Cliftonville Road area or in the Lady Street area.
“This was a brutal attack.
“It has robbed a family of a partner, father and brother and it is important the local community help us find those responsible.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact detectives on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.”