Tuesday 17 July 2018

'He would have done anything for us and he proved it that night' - heartache as tragic taxi driver laid to rest

The funeral of cab driver Michael McGibbon
Michael McGibbon and wife Joanne McGibbon

The funeral of a taxi driver who died after being shot is taking place is

Michael McGibbon was blasted in the legs three times in a shooting by appointment thought to have been ordered by dissident republicans in an alleyway in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast on Friday.

Michael McGibbon and wife Joanne McGibbon
Michael McGibbon and wife Joanne McGibbon

It came 24 hours after two men threatened him at his house.

The 33-year-old later died in his wife Joanne's arms.

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His remains will leave his house on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast for a 10am Requiem Mass at Holy Cross Church in Ardoyne.

Joanne described their last moments together.

She told UTV: "I think Michael thought he was going down to have a word with them to sort it out, but yeah, deep down inside, I had a gut feeling what was going to happen.

"The only thing I could think of the whole day was: 'I have to save him.'"

As her husband prepared to face those who would ultimately take his life, Joanne said: "I just hugged him. I didn't even know how to look at him. The two of us just hugged each other."

After he was shot she rushed to his aid.

"I tried so hard to save him, but at the end, he spoke to his mummy and he looked up there and he smiled and I knew she was with him."

"I'll remember him as who he was - just a fantastic husband and a fantastic father," she said.

"He would have done anything for us and he proved it that night." Mrs McGibbon said the support from across the community had helped her deal with her loss, especially at a vigil on Tuesday night.

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