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Innocent victim of last week's shooting laid to rest

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A lone piper leads the funeral cortege in Clondalkin
A lone piper leads the funeral cortege in Clondalkin
Keith Walker's coffin leaves the church in Clondalkin
Keith Walker's coffin leaves the church in Clondalkin
Keith Walker's coffin leaves the church in Clondalkin
Keith Walker's coffin leaves the church in Clondalkin
Keith Walker's coffin leaves the church in Clondalkin
Keith Walker's coffin leaves the church in Clondalkin
Keith Walker's coffin leaves the church in Clondalkin
Keith Walker's coffin leaves the church in Clondalkin
Keith Walker's coffin leaves the church in Clondalkin
Keith Walker's coffin leaves the church in Clondalkin

Keith Walker was described as 'a wonderful family man' who one week ago 'came face to face with pure evil'.

An innocent dad of three who was gunned down in a botched gang hit was remembered as "a wonderful family man" today.

Mourners gathered to pay their respects to Keith Walker (36) at the Church of the Immacualte Heart of Mary in Rowlagh, Clondalkin.

Fr David Halpin described Mr Walker as "fine upstanding man" who always put his family first and gave of his time generously to referee schoolboy football matches at weekends.

Tragically Keith had just wed his teenage sweetheart Lorraine in a ceremony three weeks ago.

The pair were due to have wedding celebrations with family and friends in September.

During the service the couple were described as best friends.

The pair have two sons, Jake and Taylor Jack.

Taylor Jack, who Keith described as his miniature Michael Flatley, made his communion in the same church earlier this year.

Gifts left at the alter represented Mr Walker's love of football and pigeons.

A Liverpool scarf, a referee's jersey, a pigeon trophy and a pigeon whistle were laid at the alter during the service.

Young footballers lined stood outside the church as the hearse arrived lead by a bagpipe player.

In a moving eulogy Mr Walker was honoured as a "character" and a "big teddy bear" who was extremely proud of his two sons.

"He was always winding people up, that's how he bonded with you," his friend Gareth recalled.

Fr Halpin told the congregation that it was "unspeakable evil" that lead to Mr Walker's death.

"It's so wrong that a young man's life has been cut short by an act of such gross violence," he said.

"One week ago today Keith came face to face with pure evil," he added. 

"That evil also manifested itself in the so-called crime bosses who ordered the killing of the intended target."

Mr Walker was shot several times in Blanchardstown last Friday in what Gardai believe was a case of mistaken identity.

Via independent.ie