Hundreds show support for murdered plumber

HUNDREDS signed condolence books for murdered plumber Anthony Campbell at the weekend ahead of a submission to Justice Minister Michael McDowell.

Relatives of the Dubliner — shot dead as an innocent bystander in the murder of a drugs baron — want to pressure Mr McDowell to radically alter the bail laws.

Mr Campbell, 20, was gunned down as a fatal hit was being carried out on drugs dealer Martin ‘Marlo’ Hyland in a Finglas housing estate. It later emerged bail had been granted to 23 of Hyland’s associates before his killing. Gardaí suspect his own gang members arranged his execution.

Mr Campbell’s heartbroken uncle, David Owens, yesterday thanked locals who had stopped by with support and cards of sympathy at St Michan’s House flats in the north inner city, where family members live.

“People have been leaving cards from all over the city. We want to really thank everybody. The books of condolences will be given to Michael McDowell after the funeral,” he said.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin yesterday called on Dublin parishioners to pray for an end to the killings. In an open letter during morning Masses, he warned violence is a threat to democracy, and leads only to death and the compromise of law.

Mr Campbell’s removal will take place in St John’s Lane Church, Thomas Street, tomorrow at 6pm. The funeral will be held the following morning at 10am, after which his remains will be brought to Newlands Cross cemetery for burial.

The avid soccer fan will be buried with the jersey of his local football club, Bradog United, which he helped form. Fellow players will line out all in black at Mr Campbell’s funeral.

Meanwhile, the young apprentice’s family have criticised comments by Mr McDowell about his death.

Mr Campbell’s parents were “very distressed” when the minister revealed harrowing details of Mr Cambell’s killing live on RTÉ’s Late Late show on Friday.

Elsewhere, the removal of murdered drugs boss Hyland will take place later today. High-profile members of the criminal world are expected to attend a service at the Christ the King church in Cabra. Armed gardaí are expected to be nearby in case of any incidents.

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