Friday 23 February 2018

Mum pleads for 'no retaliation' at funeral of murder victim son

George Jackson

THE mother of a man shot dead by masked gunmen has pleaded for no retaliation for the murder.

Four days after he was murdered in his rented home at Links View Park in Lisfannon near Buncrana, Co Donegal, Andrew Allen was buried in Derry yesterday.

It was the city the 24 year old was forced to flee after a death threat was made against him and five other people.

All six had to leave their homes in the Top of the Hill area of Derry last August following the threat from the vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs.

Mr Allen, a father of two, died in the arms of his partner, Arlene Farrelly, after several shots were fired at him through a window in his house by masked gunmen.

At his Requiem Mass in St Columba's Church, Long Tower, Mr Allen's mother Donna's appeal was relayed to hundreds of mourners by celebrant Fr Daniel McFaul.

Addressing the dead man's mother he added: "To hear you Donna, his mother, a woman in the midst of your pain, loss and grief pleading that no family should be put through what Andrew's killers have put you through is an inspiration and an example to us all."

After yesterday's Requiem Mass, Mr Allen was buried in Altnagelvin Cemetery in the Waterside area of the city.

Irish Independent

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