A priest at the funeral of an Irish teenager who has been murdered and torn apart in a gangland feud has sentenced his murderers today for “playing God.”
The killers of Keane Mulready-Woods showed “terrible badness and evil” by committing a murder that “yielded an unparalleled level of aversion,” Father Phil Gaffney said today.
The priest argued for an end to the Drogheda gang’s feud, according to police, behind the murder, the priest said, “For God’s sake, let it end now.”
Keane’s body parts were left at various locations in Dublin after his violent death last month.
A coffin with the remains of Keane Mulready-Woods is carried today after the teenager’s funeral from the church of the Holy Family in Drogheda
Mourners follow a hearse carrying Keane Mulready-Woods’ coffin as they gather today for the funeral, a month after the teenager was killed
The hearse rides through the Calvary cemetery in Drogheda, the location of a gangland feud that is probably related to the teen’s death
Keane Mulready-Woods (photo) was killed last month in a suspected gangland feud and his body parts left at different locations in Dublin
father Gaffney told mourners today: ‘Our first reaction today is one of great sympathy for Keane’s parents and family for the great crime against a brother and a son, for the great injustice done to them.
“There must be great anger and even grief, great fear and pain, perhaps at the thought that we live in a society where certain people risk themselves” to play God “with regard to the life of Keane Mulready-Woods.
“They took on themselves as judges, judges and hangmen. What an arrogance. What horrible badness and badness. ”
The priest also urged other teenagers to take Keane’s death as a “warning” not to get involved in organized crime.
He said: “This murder has led to an unparalleled level of aversion, not only in Drogheda, but throughout our country and even far beyond.
“I hope his death will be a warning to other young teenagers being cared for by the ruthless criminals, that the promise of money and gifts will inevitably end in a tragedy.
“Please learn from his mistakes, get involved with dangerous criminals, thinking that some of him were his friends and yet they would sacrifice him in such a brutal way.”
The funeral was held today at the Holy Family Church in Ballsgrove, Drogheda.
Motocross riders ride today at the funeral at Calvary Cemetery where a priest condemned the “horrible evil and evil” of the murderers
Flowers and a Gucci logo decorate the hearse of Keane Mulready-Woods at his funeral today
Mourners comfort each other after leaving the funeral service in the church in Drogheda today
A woman looks at the hearse decorated with flowers and a Gucci logo during today’s funeral
The coffin is transported Thursday morning in the church of the Holy Family in Drogheda
Keane was named the murder victim after the police found body parts at multiple locations in Dublin and DNA tests confirmed theirs.
Some of the horrific remains were found in a sports bag in Coolock, while others were discovered in a burnt-out car.
Officers have still not found the torso of the teenager, where they believe the fatal wounds have been inflicted, and thus have not been able to say exactly how he died.
A suspect was later arrested.
Keane’s violent death became a problem in the Irish election campaign, with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar promising to “put these people behind bars.”
“I want to express my aversion and condemnation for the very serious crime that has taken place here,” he said at the time.
“I want to tell people all over Ireland and here in Drogheda that crime doesn’t pay, we will get these people behind bars and make this city safe again.”
Ireland’s garda police have also promised to “bring those behind this shocking crime to justice.”
Priest Phil Gaffney said the killers of Keane Mulready-Woods (photo) showed “terrible badness and evil” by committing a murder that resulted in “an unparalleled level of aversion”
Police in forensic equipment are working on the site of a burnt-out car in Dublin where body parts were found last month