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No volley of shots and no balaclavas as ‘Flat Cap’ laid to rest

No volley of shots and no balaclavas as ‘Flat Cap’ laid to rest

Regency attack suspect Kevin ‘Flat Cap’ Murray was today laid to rest in Co Tyrone, with the funeral procession beginning outside his Townsend Street home.

Murray’s coffin was not flanked by men wearing military-style fatigues, nor was there a volley of shots fired or a tricolour draped over his coffin as he was laid to rest.

Sources confirmed earlier this week that he wouldn’t be afforded a paramilitary funeral by his former dissident republican associates.

"The feeling is that this will not happen at Murray's ­funeral," a source said.

"The reason that he may not be honoured by the New IRA is because of his involvement in criminality and in particular the Hutch gang."

Murray died on Wednesday following fraught battle with Motor Neuron Disease which saw him housebound for several months.

His worsening condition had prevented his extradition to Ireland to face charges over his alleged role in the gangland murder of David Byrne in February 2016.

Today the hearse carrying Murray’s coffin contained a floral tribute spelling out RAAD (Republic Action Against Drugs) a group of which he was allegedly aligned with.   

“Kevin fought hard his whole life. First as a boxer in his youth, then later, throughout his life, for his country, for what he believed in and what he thought was right,” his niece Cody told mourners inside the church.

“He wasn't afraid to stand up for his beliefs, even when at times he felt he was standing alone. But Kevin was never alone, not with a family like ours standing behind him.

“Kevin faced Motor Neurone Disease with that very same fight.”

In May, attempts to extradite the father-of-two over his alleged role in the Dublin gangland murder of David Byrne in February 2016 were halted at Belfast Recorder's Court due to Murray being diagnosed with the rapidly deteriorating and terminal MND.

Byrne (34) from the Crumlin area of Dublin, was shot dead at a boxing weigh-in at the city's Regency Hotel by gunmen dressed as Garda officers.

Murray was detained last September under a European Arrest Warrant issued by authorities in the Irish Republic.

He was being sought for alleged offences of murder, possession of a firearm with intent, and possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances.

It is believed that Murray requested that he did not wish to have a republican funeral.

His funeral will take place on Saturday at 10am in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Strabane.