FUNERAL OF SECTARIAN ATTACK VICTIM
- FUNERAL OF SECTARIAN ATTACK VICTIM 06/01/09 00:31 EST
The funeral Mass for Kevin McDaid who was beaten to death by
a loyalist mob in Northern Ireland will take place at St
John's Church, Coleraine, later.
The Catholic father-of-four was attacked near his Somerset
Drive home in the town last Sunday.
His friend, Damien Fleming, who was also attacked, remains
critically ill in hospital.
Nine men have been charged in connection with Mr McDaid's
murder and the attempted murder of Mr Fleming.
Trouble flared in the Heights area of Coleraine last weekend
after Rangers won the Scottish Premier League over rivals
Mr McDaid's family said they were concerned police were
involved in "negotiations" with loyalists on the day he was
However, Assistant Chief Constable Judith Gillespie claimed
officers worked to ease tensions and came quickly to his aid.
On Friday night, a loyalist band march in Coleraine,
which organisers diverted to avoid the area where the murder
happened, passed without incident.
The Irish American Information Service