Thursday 18 January 2018

Neighbours and friends shocked at the appalling murder of 'kind and caring' Trevor

Trevor O’Neill, who was shot dead in Spain in a case of mistaken identity
Trevor O’Neill, who was shot dead in Spain in a case of mistaken identity

Martin Grant and Alan O'Keeffe

Friends and neighbours of murder victim Trevor O'Neill have described their devastation at his brutal killing in Spain.

Locals in the quiet housing estate of Comeragh Road, Drimnagh said Mr O'Neill had lived there for more than 15 years.

Shocked neighbours described him as a "gentleman" who always looked out for people in the community.

And families living on Downpatrick Road in Crumlin, where he grew up, were deeply saddened.

"He was like a son to me. I loved him to bits," said Hilda Hynes (73), a neighbour of Mr O'Neill's father Vincent on Downpatrick Road.

She added: "I knew Trevor since he was a baby. He was such a good son to his father and visited him several times a week."

Trevor O'Neill was the only surviving child of his widowed father. His only brother, Christian, died some years ago.

Hilda's husband, Tom Hynes (73), said: "There was nothing Trevor would not do for the elderly living around here. He was always helping them."

He added that Mr O'Neill's father Vinnie "was in a terrible state today. The people who shot Trevor by mistake won't think twice. A life is nothing to them. It's disgraceful."

Betty Foran (81), who lives nearby, said: "Trevor did my garden recently. He was so obliging and kind to anyone who was sick. He was a blessing to me."

A neighbour on Comeragh Road said Mr O'Neill was a considerate and thoughtful man, adding: "Trevor was one of the nicest people you could meet. He was a kind, pleasant and caring man.

"I can't believe this has happened to an innocent, hard-working man."

Friends said that the savage murder would have a devastating impact on his wife Suzanne and their two daughters and one son aged 12, seven and five.

"His eldest daughter is about to start secondary school. It's horrible how this can just happen?" added a neighbour.

Another said: "This is another person who has been killed mistakenly in this gang feud. How many lives is it going to take for the politicians to give all the support the gardaí need.

"The Spanish and Irish authorities need to tackle these gangs head on. Innocent people are being murdered."

Irish Independent

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