MURDER victim and dissident republican Peter Butterly was laid to rest yesterday after funeral Mass at the church where he was baptised, outside Dunleer, Co Louth.
St Colmcille's Church in Togher was packed with neighbours and friends in a show of community solidarity and sympathy for his family, wife and children.
There were no paramilitary trappings.
The chief mourners were Mr Butterly's wife Eithne and children Aoife, Clara and Matthew, as well as his mother Vera, father Matt and sisters Mary and Barbara.
The officiating priest, Fr Thomas Daly, said the large attendance was testament to deep community roots and sympathy for a wife left without a husband and children left without a father as a result of a sudden and tragic event.
Mr Butterly, 35, was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath, on March 6.
Three men, arrested by gardai shortly after the killing of Mr Butterly, have been charged with firearms offences and membership of an illegal organisation.