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RIP Funeral held for Newtownabbey double murder victim Stacey Knell

Tributes have been pouring in for the mother-of-one

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The funeral of Ms Knell left her mother's house in east Belfast before she was buried at Roselawn Cemetery 
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The funeral of Ms Knell left her mother's house in east Belfast before she was buried at Roselawn Cemetery PIC PACEMAKER

The funeral of Ms Knell left her mother's house in east Belfast before she was buried at Roselawn Cemetery PIC PACEMAKER

The funeral of murdered Belfast woman Stacey Knell took place in east Belfast earlier today.

The number of mourners of those who attended Ms Knell's mother's house at Inverleith Drive for 10.30am to pay their respects were restricted due to Covid-19 regulations.

Ms Knell was then taken to Roselawn Cemetery where she was buried.

The 30-year-old was killed by her boyfriend, Ken Flanagan (26), last Friday.

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Stacey Knell who was murdered by Ken Flanagan last Friday was buried today

Stacey Knell who was murdered by Ken Flanagan last Friday was buried today

Stacey Knell who was murdered by Ken Flanagan last Friday was buried today

Flanagan then took his own life at the scene of the murder at a house on the Glenville Road in Newtownabbey.

Before he travelled to the property to murder Ms Knell, Flanagan killed his own mother, Karen McClean (50), in her home in Rathcoole, around a mile away from the Glenville Road murder scene.

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Ken Flanagan first murder his mother Karen McClean (pictured) before killing his girlfriend and taking his own life

Ken Flanagan first murder his mother Karen McClean (pictured) before killing his girlfriend and taking his own life

Ken Flanagan first murder his mother Karen McClean (pictured) before killing his girlfriend and taking his own life

The murder-suicide left residents in Newtownabbey in shock at the horror which had unfolded on their doorsteps over the weekend.

On Sunday, we reported on how a former partner of Ms Knell, who has a child with her, contacted the PSNI earlier last Friday, just hours before the attacks took place, saying he was concerned about Flanagan being around his daughter.

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Ken  Flanagan killed his mother and girlfriend at separate properties before killing himself

Ken Flanagan killed his mother and girlfriend at separate properties before killing himself

Ken Flanagan killed his mother and girlfriend at separate properties before killing himself

Since then, a GoFundMe appeal has been set up by friends of Ms Knell which has almost doubled the £1,500 it aimed to raise to help the victim’s family with funeral costs. The remainder will go to her nine-year-old daughter.

A funeral notice described the young woman as the “much loved mother of Sophia, devoted daughter of Roberta and Paul, a loving sister, aunt, cousin and friend to many.”

It continued: “Stacey will be very sadly missed by her loving family and many friends.”

Meanwhile, tributes have poured in for the popular mum on social media.

One wrote: "Rest easy beautiful girl. You have been robbed of your precious young life. May God watch over your beautiful daughter and family and ease there pain. My thoughts go out to the entire family. God bless."

Another read: "Hope she gets the send off she deserves. My beautiful best friend. Gone far too soon. Absolutely heartbroken. Thoughts with all the family. Sweet dreams angel xxx."

The PSNI described the murders as “shocking” and “horrific” and said the police are not looking for anyone else in connection with their investigation.

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