Gangland victim Sean Little 'lost his life in the most barbaric act of violence imaginable,' priest tells mourners
A Dublin man who was found shot dead beside his burning car in north county Dublin lost his life in the most horrific, barbaric and senseless act of violence imaginable, mourners at his funeral have been told.
Sean Little (22), from Coolock, is believed to have been lured to the spot on the Walshestown Road, where he was murdered on May 21.
Little was associated with an organised crime gang involved in drug distribution and was the first of three men murdered within the space of a week last month.
He was an associate of a Finglas based Kinahan cartel member known as Mr Flashy.
A friend of Little’s, Jordan Davis (22), was shot dead in Darndale barely 17 hours after his murder.
And on May 22 another man, Hamid Sanambar (40), was shot dead in the driveway of Little’s family home as he visited them in the wake of the young man’s murder.
Sean Little’s coffin was carried the short distance from his family home on Kilbarron Avenue in Coolock to the church of St Luke the Evangelist this morning amid scenes of raw grief.
Armed gardai patrolled the streets around the church, and uniformed gardai and members of the public order unit also circulated around the Kilmore region.
Carried into the church to the song ‘Son’ relatives wept as his coffin was brought to the altar where a photograph of Little was framed by flowers.
Symbols of his life brought to the altar included his mountain climbing poles and hat, a photograph of him with his mother Bernie, and picture drawn by his niece.
“On Tuesday late evening on 21st May last. Sean lost his life in the most horrific, barbaric, senseless act of violence imaginable. An act that has no justification and no place in our society. An act that goes against all Christian values, one that has left his family absolutely devastated and our parish community feeling very vulnerable, extremely numb and saddened,” said Fr Gary Darby, addressing the mourners.
“Since that tragic night his family and friends have endured a grief and loss that has touched them so deeply, a pain that transcends words. They are now left to grief a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. We need to reach out to them in prayer and pray for an end to all this senseless violence and loss of life in our community,” he added.
“Sean was very loved in his family. A young man who always expressed his love for his parents, siblings, extended family and friends. A young man who brought happiness to his family. They were always extremely proud of him,” said Fr Darby.
“Sean was always there for his family. They were his life and he was their life. He was reared here in St. Luke's and was always proud to call Kilmore West his home,” he explained.
The priest said that only a few weeks ago Sean Little had been in the same church to help his niece celebrate her Confirmation.
Little’s best friend Brandon spoke with emotion from the altar at the end of the requiem mass, telling of how his friend was “a big softie”.
“Sean has been a big part of my life for many years and I can’t believe that that has come to an end so young and so suddenly,” he said.
“We had so many memories together and had so many plans for the future,” he added.
Little is survived by his parents Bernie and Stephen,and brothers Darren and Jonathan.
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