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Sunday 25 August 2019

'Sean lost life in most barbaric, senseless act of violence imaginable'

Mourners carry a photograph of gun victim Sean Little
Mourners carry a photograph of gun victim Sean Little

Gangland victim Sean Little lost his life in the most "horrific, barbaric and senseless act of violence imaginable", mourners at his funeral were told.

Little (22), from Coolock, is believed to have been lured to a spot on the Walshestown Road, where he was murdered on May 21.

He was found shot dead beside his burning car.

Little was associated with an organised crime gang involved in drug distribution and was the first of three men murdered within the space of a week last month.

He was an associate of a Finglas-based Kinahan cartel member known as 'Mr Flashy'.

Grief

A friend of Little's, Jordan Davis (22), was shot dead in Darndale barely 17 hours after his murder.

Another man, Hamid Sanambar (40), was shot dead in the driveway of Little's family home as he visited them in the wake of the young man's murder.

Little's coffin was carried the short distance from his family home on Kilbarron Avenue in Coolock to the church of St Luke the Evangelist yesterday morning amid scenes of raw grief.

Armed gardai patrolled the streets around the church and uniformed gardai and members of the public order unit also circulated around the Kilmore region in north Dublin.

Relatives wept as he was carried into the church to the song Son. His coffin was brought to the altar, where a photograph was framed by flowers.

Symbols of his life brought to the altar included his mountain climbing poles and hat, a photograph of him with his mother Bernie, and a picture drawn by his niece.

"On Tuesday late evening on May 21, Sean lost his life in the most horrific, barbaric, senseless act of violence imaginable," said Fr Gary Darby.

"An act that has no justification and no place in our society.

"An act that goes against all Christian values, one that has left his family absolutely devastated and our parish community feeling very vulnerable, extremely numb and saddened.

"Since that tragic night, his family and friends have endured a grief and loss that has touched them so deeply, a pain that transcends words.

"They are now left to grieve a loving son, brother, uncle and friend.

"We need to reach out to them in prayer and pray for an end to all this senseless violence and loss of life in our community.

"Sean was very loved in his family. A young man who always expressed his love for his parents, siblings, extended family and friends.

"A young man who brought happiness to his family. They were always extremely proud of him."

The priest told mourners Little was always there for his family.

"They were his life and he was their life. He was reared here in St Luke's and was always proud to call Kilmore west his home," he said.

He added that only a few weeks ago Little had been in the same church to help his niece celebrate her confirmation.

Softie

Little's best friend, Brandon, spoke with emotion from the altar at the end of requiem mass, telling of how his friend was "a big softie".

"Sean has been a big part of my life for many years and I can't believe that that has come to an end so young and so suddenly," he said.

"We had so many memories together and had so many plans for the future."

Little is survived by his parents Bernie and Stephen, and brothers Darren and Jonathan.

After the funeral mass, his remains were brought for burial to Fingal Cemetery.

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