Mourners gather for funeral of tragic stabbing victim David Spain
The funeral of David Spain, the young man that was fatally stabbed in the early hours of St Stephen’s Day, took place this morning in Shankill.
Friends and family of the 26-year-old arrived for the funeral mass at St. Anne's Church which began at 10am today.
Several weeks prior to the incident that led to his death, Spain had returned home from Sydney in order to spend Christmas with his family.
The funeral was streamed live so that his friends in Australia could view the ceremony.
David’s friend Sean Turner (22), who was also injured in the stabbing incident, attended this morning's mass.
The accomplished boxer has undergone surgery and spent some time in intensive care in St Vincent's Hospital.
While still in hospital the heavyweight boxer posted a heartfelt message on his Facebook page.
“David Spain you're my best mate in the whole world,” he wrote.
“You're a true gentleman I love you so much and I don't know how I'm going to live without you.”
Today he posted: "What a great send off sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky its an honor to have a friend like you David love u to bits RIP Brother."
David's remains were brought to Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill for burial following the funeral mass.
His family have asked anyone willing to submit donations to make them to the Irish Kidney Society.
Wayne Kennedy (32) has been brought before Bray District Court and charged over the stabbing incident.