Friday 22 November 2019

Priest says man gunned down at home was ‘too young to die’

Shane Rossiter
Shane Rossiter

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

FLOWERS placed inside the hearse spelt the words 'brother' and 'nephew' at the funeral of Shane Rossiter, who was gunned down his doorstep last week.

The Rossiter family have suffered two tragedies in recent years after 14-year-old Brian's death in garda custody in 2002.

Today, they bid farewell to Brian's brother, 30-year-old Shane.

His devastated parents Pat and Siobhan and family members were inconsolable as a framed photograph of Brian was carried to the altar and placed on Shane's coffin.

Fr Ray Reidy told the congregation that Shane had only recently returned from his travels to Thailand and Australia.

He explained how the young man wanted to "reconcile" and "put things right" when he came home. "He was too young to die," he said.

The young man's friends chuckled in between sobs as they heard how Shane Rossiter was "a little vain" about his appearance. "He made a big impression on the girls... he had a girlfriend," Fr Reidy added.

He was also a keen soccer player and an avid Liverpool supporter. A jersey with the number 9 from his local soccer club, Wilderness Rovers, was placed on the coffin inside the Church of the Resurrection in Clonmel where the Mass took place this morning.

The church is in the Wilderness area on the outskirts of the town where he grew up. Mr Rossiter was laid to rest in St Patrick's cemetery this afternoon.

Mr Rossiter had a number of convictions but was not considered to be a serious criminal.

Gardai are continuing to probe a motive for his murder. However, officers suspect he may have been targeted over an unpaid drugs debt to criminals in Tipperary.

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