Andrew’s murder brings ‘an evil’ darkness

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Mourners at this morning’s funeral of murder victim Andrew Allen (24) were told the killing brought an “evil darkness” to the community.

Hundreds of mourners said their final farewells to the father of two who was shot dead at his home near Buncrana on Friday.

Fr Daniel McFaul told mourners at Requiem Mass in St Columba’s Church, Long Tower that the ‘Top of the Hill’ man was “too young to die”.

He said: “This murder has brought an evil darkness to your community here in Derry City as well as in the Waterside, where he grew up, and the community in Buncrana.

“Murder, the taking of human life is always wrong and can never be justified. The events of Thursday evening bring home to all of us the reality that evil is lurking in our community.”

He said the actions of those engaging in such acts of vigilante violence “shows a willing disregard for the sacredness of human life”.

Fr McFaul said Andrew was described by his family as a “loveable rogue”, who loved his two children Katie and Lochlann and his partner Arlene. “Andrew was a son, a brother and a friend,” he added.

Mr. Allen’s death has been blamed on a vigilante republican group who forced him out of his home in the Waterside six months ago. However, no group has yet claimed responsibility for the killing.

Meanwhile SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey has called for the Derry man’s killers to hand themselves in to authorities.

“I attended Andrew’s funeral this morning, a truly heartbreaking event where his family called for no retaliations for his killing,” Mr Ramsey said.

“I want to reiterate that plea, and I would call for those responsible to take stock of what they have done, and hand themselves in to the proper authorities.

“They have set themselves against the wider community, and have left Andrew’s family bereft and distraught and if they had any decency they would account for their actions.

“Violence has no place in the society we are trying to build, and those responsible for this despicable crime should end their violent ways and submit to the will of the people - we do not want any further violence or death on our streets.”