Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hundreds of mourners pay tribute to Dublin gun victim (33)

Published 09/01/2016 | 15:47

Funeral of Darren Kearns at The Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra
Funeral of Darren Kearns at The Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra
Funeral of Darren Kearns at The Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra

Hundreds of mourners gathered at a north Dublin church to pay one final tribute to a young man who was gunned down last week.

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The funeral mass of Darren Kearns (33) was held at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra this afternoon.

He was laid to rest at Glasnevin Cemetery.

Gardai believe the young man may have been targeted as a result of him becoming "too cocky" in his drug-money collection role for a gang.

Darren Kearns
Darren Kearns

He was gunned down outside Cumiskey's pub on Blackhorse Avenue shortly before 5.30pm on Wednesday, January 30.

Kearns - who served time with David "Daithi" Douglas, who was shot in Cabra in November - is believed to have been collecting drug debts for a gang boss who is in jail for a vicious pub assault.

"It seems that the victim was either ripping off his own gang or trying to throw his weight around," a source said.

"These are the main motives being looked at by gardai."

Kearns was shot several times, including in the head, with a handgun before his killers sped off in a light-coloured BMW 5 series that was later found burned out on nearby Regal Park.

He was technically still serving a six-year sentence for drug offences when he was shot dead, but he had been out of prison for 10 months with his sentence due to expire next month.

Funeral of Darren Kearns at The Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra
Funeral of Darren Kearns at The Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra

Described by prison sources as a "model inmate", Kearns served much of his time in Loughan House Open Centre and Mountjoy Prison's Training Unit.

He was granted temporary release a full year ahead of his due date.

Gardaí are unaware of any incidents involving Kearns in recent weeks or months which could have led to his murder, and it is understood he had no idea that his life was under threat.

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