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Saturday 16 December 2017

Family calls for end to 'barbaric murders' as gang victim is buried

Mourners at the funeral of John Gibson
Mourners at the funeral of John Gibson

The family of a Dublin fitness instructor killed in a gangland attack pleaded for no further violence as he was laid to rest yesterday.

John Gibson (28) is believed to have been lured to his death in Citywest last Monday week seven days after his pal Darragh Nugent was shot dead.

The gang suspected of both murders is linked to the ruthless Kinahan cartel and is considered to be west Dublin's biggest drug supplier.

Blood

Gibson's mother, Tara, clutched a photo of him as she entered the Church of Divine Mercy in Balgaddy, Lucan.

During a eulogy, his aunt, Ciara, said the family did not want to see any other mother suffer in the same way, and added that the spate of murders must come to an end.

"My beautiful sister has lost the only child she ever had, her beautiful baby boy," she said.

"But she can know in her heart that John Eamonn Gibson never had anyone's blood on his hands.

"We condemn all violence in the strongest possible terms, as until this week it has been alien to our family's lives. The intolerable pain that has been bestowed upon us should never be inflicted on any family."

She also recounted the events of the night of Gibson's murder to the large congregation.

"Monday the 18th of September was a day that will never leave us as a family. My parents witnessed the screams from their daughter, the absolute devastation that fatal night brought upon us," she said.

John Gibson, who was shot dead in a suspected gang attack
John Gibson, who was shot dead in a suspected gang attack

"We ask people not to judge John's life on his last chapter.

"My sister wants no other mother to go through what she has gone through - no mother should ever have to bury her child in such senseless, horrific circumstances.

Nightmare

"We are asking, as John's family, to end these barbaric murders, so no other mother has to wake up to a nightmare every morning and wonder how she will get through it at all."

Gardai were present in the vicinity of the church before, during and after the ceremony.

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