Masked men escort murder victim's coffin

Published Thursday, 24 April 2014
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Masked men have escorted the coffin of murdered dissident republican Tommy Crossan to a west Belfast church for his funeral service on Thursday morning.

Masked men escort murder victim's coffin
The funeral cortege of Tommy Crossan makes its way to St John's Church. (© Pacemaker)

The 43-year-old was gunned down in broad daylight on the lower Springfield Road on Good Friday.

Mr Crossan's funeral mass took place at St. John the Evangelist Church on the Falls Road.

A former senior Continuity IRA figure, he was working at a family business in the Peter Pan complex when he was ambushed.

He was shot a number of times through the window of a portable cabin at 4.45pm. He was hit in the upper body and pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Crossan was from west Belfast and leaves behind a wife, six children and five grandchildren.

Police confirmed on Saturday that he was known to them and that they have not ruled out a dissident republican feud in relation to his murder.

A 26-year-old man arrested in west Belfast by police investigating the murder was released without charge.

A red BMW car, which was set on fire at nearby Beechmount Grove, was discovered after the fatal shooting and a link is being investigated.

© UTV News
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86 Comments
Fashion Police in Holywood wrote (187 days ago):
What happened to the 2 in the middle did they not get the memo on the dress code
christine in Belfast wrote (187 days ago):
What a disgrace. Why cover your faces, cowards the whole lot of you. By the way dont you know its not proper dresscode to wear jeans to any funeral.
Anonymous in Belfast wrote (188 days ago):
Anyone wearing a mask has something sinister to hide should simply be arrested
Equality in Belfast wrote (188 days ago):
Alright there were masked men at this funeral but and noone can say otherwise there are masked men at Twaddell every night. Alright not for long but every single night. The Police are there protecting this illegal camp but no arreasts. So PUL tell the names of these guys please.
Honest questioner in NI wrote (189 days ago):
Not normal for a funeral but are there laws about wearing masks like this?
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