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Mourners hear calls for no revenge as hit victim Gary Hutch laid to rest in Dublin

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Mourners make their way down Sean McDermott Street in Dublin
Mourners make their way down Sean McDermott Street in Dublin

Mourners gathered today to pay their respects to Gary Hutch, Ireland's latest gangland victim.

Hundreds of people were present for Hutch's funeral at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street. 

The solemn procession made its way down the north inner city street close to where the 34-year-old grew up. A small gardai presence was visible. 

Hutch, the 34-year-old nephew of 'The Monk, was gunned down in an apartment complex on Spain's Costa del Sol on 24 September.

His body was repatriated last Friday. 

His brother, who is currently incarcerated in Mountjoy, was allowed compassionate leave on Sunday to view his body. 

It is understood that the criminal was handcuffed to a prison officer at all times during the visit to a north inner city funeral home.

However, he was not allowed leave to attend the funeral today. 

During the ceremony, Fr Richard Ebejer told mourners: “Jesus invites us to break the cycle of violence, by not seeking revenge.”

“To those who are here, especially the young I repeat the words of St Paul: ‘Do not overcome evil by evil, but overcome evil by good’.”

“He was very much a family man, gentle in his ways and close to his daughter and parents and family.

“He had had a few downs in life and made a few mistakes, but things were getting better. He loved his family and he was a great dad to his daughter.”

A family member also echoed the same message. 

“We do not want retaliation. We don’t wish our pain on any other family, I let God be our judge,” she said.

Hutch will be laid to rest in Glasnevin Cemetery later today.