Saturday 20 January 2018

Family of fitness instructor killed in gangland attack plead for end to violence

John Gibson leaving Blanchardstown District Court. Blanchardstown, Dublin.
John Gibson leaving Blanchardstown District Court. Blanchardstown, Dublin.
General view of coffin being placed into hearse after funeral mass. Funeral of John Gibson. Church of the Divine Mercy, Balgaddy, Dublin.
General view of hearse leaving the church following funeral mass. Funeral of John Gibson. Church of the Divine Mercy, Balgaddy, Dublin.
General view of coffin being placed into hearse after funeral mass. Funeral of John Gibson. Church of the Divine Mercy, Balgaddy, Dublin.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The family of a Dublin fitness instructor killed in a gangland attack has pleaded for no further violence as the man was laid to rest this afternoon.

John Gibson (28) is believed to have been lured to his death in Citywest on Monday September 18 - a week after his pal Darragh Nugent was killed.

The gang suspected of his both murders are linked to the deadly Kinahan cartel and are considered west Dublin's biggest drug suppliers.

His mother Tara clutched onto a photograph of her son as she entered the Church of Divine Mercy in Balgaddy, Lucan.

During a eulogy, his aunt, Ciara said that the family did not want to see any other mother suffer in the same way as Tara has - and said the spate of murder's must come to an end.

"My beautiful sister has lost the only child she ever had, her beautiful baby boy," she said.

"But she can know in her heart that John Eamonn Gibson never had anyone's blood on his hands.

"We condemn all violence in the strongest possible terms, as of this week it has been alien to our family's lives, the intolerable pain that has been stowed upon us, should never be inflicted on any family," she added.

Gardai were present in and around the vicinity of the church before during and after the ceremony.

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