Dublin man killed in case of mistaken identity is laid to rest

Dublin Lord Mayor Brendan Carr and city manager Owen Keegan were among the mourners at Trevor O’Neill’s funeral.

HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS gathered today for the funeral of Dublin City Council worker Trevor O’Neill, who was shot dead in Spain two weeks ago in a case of mistaken identity.

O’Neill was celebrating his 42nd birthday with his partner of 20 years and their three children when he was gunned down outside a restaurant on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca.

The funeral service for the Drimnagh native took place this morning at St Bernadette’s Church in Crumlin followed by a burial in Mount Jerome Cemetery.

The chief mourners included the deceased’s partner Suzanne, their three children aged 12, six and five and his father Vinnie.

Dublin Lord Mayor Brendan Carr and city manager Eoghan Keegan were in attendance.

Also present was a large number of O’Neill’s work colleagues from Dublin City Council, where he worked in the drainage department.

RTE News reports that chief celebrant Father Melvin Mullins told the congregation the father-of-three had a wide circle of friends, but that his family was the number one love of his life.

Mullins said there was a sense of disbelief about his death, saying that expressions like “mistaken identity” and “wrong place, wrong time” were words that would provide little sympathy to his family.

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The truth is, Trevor was murdered – killed doing something ordinary any father would do on a family holiday.

Mullins described his death as a tragic loss and said it was not an accident.

Loved ones brought a Dublin flag, a Liverpool jersey and a bodhrán to the altar during the funeral mass.

Shooting in Majorca

Described by friends as a hard-working, dedicated family man, O’Neill was shot in the back multiple times earlier this month. Attempts to revive him at the scene failed.

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His death is believed to be related to the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud, which has claimed 10 lives.

Police said O’Neill was not the intended target, but the man he was talking to – Jonathan Hutch – was.

He is the second person murdered in a case of mistaken identity in the feud.

The murder of Gary Hutch in Spain on 24 September 2015 was the first in this spate of killings. He was a nephew of Gerry Hutch, also known as the Monk.

Read: Jonathan Hutch tells Spanish police he believes he was intended target of shooting

Read: ‘Brutal and appalling’: Murder of Irishman in Majorca condemned

Alison O'Riordan
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