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Friday 9 December 2016

Family of innocent gangland victim thank the public as he's laid to rest

Martin O’Rourke was shot dead
Martin O’Rourke was shot dead

The devastated family of innocent gangland victim Martin O'Rourke have thanked the public for the outpouring of support since his murder.

Martin's father-in-law Larry Power spoke to the Herald ahead of the young dad-of-three's funeral today.

"We would like to thank everyone for all of the support and the help that they have shown to the kids.

"We just want to say a big, huge thank you to the community in Sheriff Street on behalf of the family and Martin's three children. They've been very supportive, it's a very strong community down there," he said.

Following a public appeal for help covering the funeral costs for the Dublin man who was murdered in a case of mistaken identity, more than €5,000 flooded in.

Mr O'Rourke will be laid to rest today after a Mass in Halston Street church, which will be led by Fr Bryan Shortall.

Shooting

The shooting of the innocent Mr O'Rourke last Thursday was the latest incident in the feud between the Kinahan and Hutch gangs.

Mr O'Rourke had suffered with addiction issues and was living in sheltered accommodation with his partner at the time of his death.

The Power family, who took him in as their own when he started a relationship with their daughter, have spoken of his difficult upbringing. They said that he was given "no direction" in his youth.

However, he was attempting to get his life on track in order to be a good dad, his family said.

Mr O'Rourke's fiancee, Angelina, is pregnant with the couple's fourth child, and has spoken of her heartbreak.

"All I want is to have him back," she said.

"He was a family man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

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