Funeral of Joe Reilly takes place in Belfast

PACEMAKER  Joe Reilly Funeral
PACEMAKER Joe Reilly Funeral
PACEMAKER  Joe Reilly Funeral
PACEMAKER Joe Reilly Funeral

The funeral of west Belfast man Joe Reilly, 43, who was shot dead at his home last Thursday night, has taken place in Belfast.

 Gunmen burst into his Glenwood Court home in Poleglass before shooting Mr Reilly a number of times.

It is strongly suspected that dissident republicans were behind the attack.

Detective Cheif Inspector Peter Montgomery called the murder a "summary execution of a man in his own home".

He said: “At about eight o’clock [Thursday]... a number of men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, opened the unlocked door of number 1 Glenwood Court in Poleglass.

"Two people in the house were subsequently ordered into the kitchen and made to lie on the floor. The man who lived in the house, 43 year old Joe Reilly, was kept in the living room. Mr Reilly was shot a number of times in the chest and, despite the best efforts of paramedics, he died at the scene.

“The gunmen ran out of the house by the front door and down the street. They are described as being about six ft tall, wearing dark coats and dark trousers. One was wearing dark rimmed glasses and a Celtic scarf.

“It is really difficult to know how to describe what happened last night. The adjectives ‘brutal, senseless and barbaric’ are inadequate. This was a cold-blooded summary execution of a man in his own home.

"At this early stage in the investigation, we have no motive for Joe Reilly’s murder. We will keep a completely open mind as to why he was killed."

Detective Montgomery also appealed for witnesses to come forward.

He added: "I have two appeals which I would appreciate being used in coverage of this murder:

"Firstly, I understand three children were seen in the area as the gunmen ran away from the house around eight o’clock last night. I need to talk to those children to find out what they saw.

"Secondly, I am appealing to anyone who was in the Glenwood Court/ Glenwood Crescent area last night before or after eight o’clock or in the Laurelbank area around the same time to come forward and speak to me.

"We have a team of detectives based here in Musgrave police station who are ready and willing to listen to anyone with information about what happened last night. People can call on the non-emergency number 101 or use the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”