O'Neill 'an innocent victim', mourners hear

The Chief Celebrant at the funeral of John O'Neill, the Irishman shot dead in Spain recently, said today that he was an innocent victim of an incident in which he had no part.

The Chief Celebrant at the funeral of John O'Neill, the Irishman shot dead in Spain recently, said today that he was an innocent victim of an incident in which he had no part.

Hundreds of people attended the 41-year-old's requiem Mass in St Joseph's Church in Bonnybrook, North Dublin this morning.

The father-of-two, who was abroad to attend a wedding, was shot dead at a bar in Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol after he tried to stop a row.

St Joseph's Church in Bonnybrook was filled to capacity this morning as hundreds of people joined the chief mourners at John O'Neill's funeral mass: his fiancée Maxine, three-year-old son Jake, nine-month-old daughter Jasmine, parents Angela and Hugh, brother David and sister Sharon.

Local priest Fr Frank Duggan said that the proud father-of-two was a big, genial, gentle giant with a big smile and hearty laugh, who hadn't a bad word to say about anyone.

His fiancée Maxine made an emotional tribute to her partner during the morning's Mass, in which she said the whole family were heartbroken.

Meanwhile the investigation into his death is continuing in Spain.

Police are still hunting the chief suspect in the attack, an English national.

A Spanish judge has issued an international warrant for his arrest.

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