Family tension at removal of Dean Fitzpatrick
THE man who admitted stabbing Dean Fitzpatrick did not attend his removal this evening.
There was a palpable air of tension - mixed with raw grief and heartbreak - as the trauma and the tragedy of Dean Fitzpatrick's all too short life was recalled in a Dublin church.
Dean, whose sister Amy disappeared in mysterious circumstances almost five years ago, was stabbed to death last week. His mother's partner has admitted stabbing the young man.
The divisions which have wracked his family - even following Dean's tragic death - were evident in the Holy Trinity Church in Donaghmeade this evening.
At the top of one pew, accompanied by a number of friends, sat his mother Audrey Fitzpatrick, who has defended the actions of her partner Dave Mahon. He admitted inflicting the fatal stab wound which resulted in her son's death.
At the top of another pew sat Audrey’s former husband and Dean's father, Christopher. Nearby, the victim's 28-year-old partner Sarah O'Rourke, and mother of their 18 month old son Leon, fought to hold back her tears of sadness and loss.
"I am conscious this is the second tragedy to visit you as a family," Fr Eoin McCrystal told the estimated congregation of about 150 mourners.
"Our thoughts and prayers are also with Dean's sister, Amy, now missing for five years."