Innocent gangland victim Trevor O’Neill laid to rest in Dublin
THERE were scenes of raw grief and emotion at the funeral today of dad-of-three Trevor O’Neill who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity while on holiday with his family in Spain.
His heartbroken partner Susanne, and three young children Ceadaoin, Layla and Cody, cried openly as they were comforted by their family, friends and neighbours who had gathered for his requiem mass.
Trevor (40), from Drimnagh, was in Majorca with his family when he was brutally killed.
Gardai believe Trevor's killing was the result of a botched attempt on the life of a member of the Hutch family currently embroiled in a murderous feud with members of the Kinahan crime cartel.
In St Bernadette’s Church in Crumlin, before the funeral mass got underway, symbols of Trevor’s life were brought to the altar by members of his proud and shattered family.
They included: a pair of sunglasses and a cap; Trevor’s bodhran; his CDs; bookies dockets; a Dublin flag and a Liverpool jersey; the medication he took for a hip he was due to have replaced, and a Dublin City Council jacket and the ‘Inspector On Call’ sign that the mourners were told Trevor used as a free parking tag.
Parish Priest Fr Melvyn Mullins said that while accidents can happen, what happened to Trevor on August 17 was no accident.
“The truth is Trevor was murdered. Shot while on holidays. Trevor loved people. He talked to people around the pool, and now we are here,” he said.
“Tragic events have been recorded with expressions like mistaken identity, or the wrong person being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But this is of no comfort to the family. They are empty expressions that do not matter. Trevor was murdered. It is wrong. It is not right, and it can never be called right,” he added.
His partner Susanne was wheeling one of their children in a pushchair when Trevor was shot in the resort of Costa de la Calma after they had innocently been in the company of one of the Hutch family.
Gardai believe the intended target of the savage murder is a very close associate of Gareth Hutch, who was shot dead in Dublin’s north inner city in May.
Trevor was a big fan of Dublin GAA, and his three children wore their Dublin jerseys to the funeral.
“He was due to go the match at the weekend, and would have enjoyed the Dubs victory over Kerry,” said Fr Mullins.
Before Trevor’s body was taken to Mount Jerome cemetery, his first cousin Gareth Connolly talked lovingly and emotionally about him.
He told how Trevor was “full of life, full of laughs, full of joy, and full of love”.
Naming Susanne, Ceadaoin, Layla and Cody, he said Trevor lived, cried and died for them.
After funeral mass Trevor’s remains were brought to Mount Jerome cemetery.