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Monday 22 September 2014

'Let the madness end here', priest tells mourners at funeral of murdered criminal Christopher ‘Git’ Zambra

Alan O’Keeffe

Published 12/05/2014 | 13:04

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The Funeral of Christopher Zambra at Our Lady of Good Council, Drimnagh today.
The Funeral of Christopher Zambra at Our Lady of Good Council, Drimnagh today.
The Funeral of Christopher Zambra at Our Lady of Good Council, Drimnagh today.
The Funeral of Christopher Zambra at Our Lady of Good Council, Drimnagh today.
Floweral tributes at The Christopher Zambra Funeral at Our Lady of Good Council, Drimnagh today.
Floweral tributes at The Christopher Zambra Funeral at Our Lady of Good Council, Drimnagh today.

A PRIEST at the funeral of the capital’s latest gangland hit victim has pleaded: “Let the madness end here”.

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Christopher ‘Git’ Zambra - was gunned down in a brutal assassination last week.

The one-time murder suspect has been laid to rest following this morning following the funeral in Drimnagh.

During the ceremony Fr  John Flaherty priest made his impassioned plea for an end to violent gangland murders.

He said: “This barbarity raises its cowardly head far too often now in the life of our communities ‘ our city’ our country.”

The Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel is just a few metres away from where slain former armed robber Zambra was shot dead eight days ago.

“The Zambra family have asked me to say that they want no retaliation for Christopher’s murder,” he told the congregation in the vast church.

And he pleaded with anyone intent on committing murder to cease their murderous thoughts.

Fr Flaherty continued: “It’s too late in one sense for Christopher, his life on this earth has been taken away, but let it not be too late for anybody else. 

“Let no one put any more families through this hell on earth.

The priest continued: “If you have murder in your heart, there is only one answer to that, turn to Jesus. Turn to the one who knows the hurt and hatred, the sin and savagery you harbour in your heart,” he said.

Fr Flaherty extended sympathies to the victim’s murder Eileen and to his brothers and sisters but said the central person at today’s funeral was Zambra’s grieving daughter Stacey. 

He said that the killing was a “heartbreaking, unwelcome, and tragic reality” for his family.

He added: “Some of them witnessed his shooting. How they must feel after that is unimaginable.”

Zambra was shot multiple times as he drove his Audi car to his sisters house in Drimnagh, Sunday last week.

Sources told the Herald that he had dozens of enemies and that the shooting it was a “professional hit team’ who used two handguns in the killing.

Six shots were fired initially from the handgun into Zambra’s car.

He stumbled out the passenger door and ran to a nearby garden where he collapsed and was shot three more times in the face.

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