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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Heartbroken friends build floral shrine to murdered Melanie

PART of London was turned into a shrine for slain teenager Melanie McCarthy last night.

After Kentish Town came to a standstill for the 16-year-old's funeral, mourners laid massive floral tributes to the innocent victim of Dublin gangland violence.

Friends wept openly as Melanie made her final journey in a pink coffin carried by her fiance Christy Moran.

Traffic slowed during the funeral procession yesterday as it passed along Malden Road and the horse-drawn carriage, Barbie pink and white cars made their way to the ever-growing shrine on the Allcroft Road, the street where Melanie grew up in the Queen's Crescent area of Camden.



Respect

Last night, James Quinn McDonagh a friend of the Melanie's parents Melissa and Shaky said that they are "holding it together".

He said: "A lot of Travellers showed a lot of respect by going over for the funeral."

Many locals in Camden were unaware of the significance of the funeral at St Dominic's Priory until they saw the huge crowds, mostly dressed in pink.

At the same time in Dublin, gardai were continuing to question two suspects about the murder.

Keith Hall (23) and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons were arrested on Wednesday after being kept under close surveillance by garda for days.

The story of Melanie's murder was also carried in the Evening Standard newspaper in London yesterday, and the funeral story was carried last night in the Camden New Journal.

Father Peter Harries earlier told mourners at the funeral that there was "bewilderment" in the close-knit community around St Dominic's Church in Southampton Road as one of their most popular teenagers being killed "so pointlessly, so needlessly."

Following her funeral, a special Facebook site set up in her memory was flooded with fresh tributes to the point where it reached capacity.

One pal wrote: "No parent should ever have to bury their child! Brightest star in the sky now Melanie... Sleep tight."

Another message said: "Your send off was beautiful, which is perfect for a beautiful girl like you.

"Melanie you have touched my heart even though I didn't know you, I can't believe your the same age as me and you pass away so sudden."

cfeehan@herald.ie

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