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Dean's mother Audrey Fitzpatrick arrives at the funeral home in Coolock. Photo: Garrett White

Dean's mother Audrey Fitzpatrick arrives at the funeral home in Coolock. Photo: Garrett White

Dean's mother Audrey Fitzpatrick arrives at the funeral home in Coolock. Photo: Garrett White

THE parents of stabbing victim Dean Fitzpatrick welcomed relatives and friends at the Dublin funeral home where his remains are reposing until this evening.

Audrey Fitzpatrick and her former husband Christopher Fitzpatrick were comforted by loved ones during their separate visits to the Jennings Funeral Home on the Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock.

The families will have a final opportunity to bid farewell to Dean today at the funeral home before the removal of his remains to the Holy Trinity Church in Donaghmede this evening at 5.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place tomorrow at 10am.

 

Fatal

Dean's partner Sarah O'Rourke (28), mother of his 18-month-old son Leon, entered the funeral home accompanied by Christopher and his relatives.

Audrey's partner Dave Mahon has admitted inflicting the fatal stab wound which resulted in Dean dying shortly afterwards at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

Dean was stabbed at the apartment building in Northern Cross in Coolock on the night of May 25.

Mr Mahon handed himself into Coolock Garda Station where he was later arrested and questioned overnight.

He was released the next day and a file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Mahon, who resumed living with Audrey following his release from the garda station, has said he decided not to attend the funeral of Dean.

He said, however, he intended to visit Dean's remains to say his own, personal farewell to him.

His father Michael Mahon attended the funeral home yesterday accompanying Audrey as she arrived at the glass doors of the building.

 

Grave

Dean's partner Sarah had been requested by the High Court to take charge of the funeral arrangements after Dean's parents failed to agree on which parent should receive their son's remains from the coroner.

Dean will be buried in Fingal cemetery after the funeral Mass tomorrow in a new grave.

Audrey had sought to have him buried with her mother Maura in the cemetery.

Christopher declared he wanted Dean to have a new grave where the estranged couple's missing daughter Amy's remains could, one day, be laid to rest.

Amy went missing near her home in Spain on New Year's Day 2008 and no trace of her has ever been found.

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