The family of murdered Derry dad Andrew Allen appealed for no revenge to be exacted for his killing, mourners at his funeral were told yesterday.
Hundreds of mourners said their final farewells to the 24 year-old who was shot dead at his home near Buncrana last Thursday.
The funeral cortege was flanked by a guard of honour made up of close friends wearing black t-shirts emblazoned with the words ‘Andy RIP’. The murdered man’s son, Lochlann, wore a Newcastle United football shirt with the word ‘Daddy’ printed on the back and he and his sister were accompanied by devastated family members.
Fr Daniel McFaul told those who attended the Requiem Mass in St Columba’s Church, Long Tower that the ‘Top of the Hill’ man was “too young to die”.
He also stated that Andrew’s grieving family had asked him “to plead for no retaliation” for the fatal shooting.
Fr McFaul added that to hear the deceased man’s distraught mum make the plea was “an inspiration and an example”.
Mourners were told that the killing brought an “evil darkness” to the community.
“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,” Fr McFaul added.
“Murder, the taking of human life is always wrong and can never be justified. The events of Thurday evening bring home to all of us the reality that evil is lurking in our community,” he said. 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 Farrelly. “Andrew was a son, a father, a brother and a partner. He loved his family particularly his two children.”