The family of a man murdered by dissident republicans in Belfast last week “knew and experienced the goodness and love” he gave them, his mourners heard yesterday.
Those were the words of Fr Paul Strain at the funeral of Kevin Kearney, which took place at the Holy Family church on Belfast’s Limestone Road.
“Many words have been said about Kevin good and bad, true and not so true,” Fr Strain said.
“Ultimately the only word that really matters is the final word of God.”
He added: “His family knew and experienced the goodness and love of Kevin – growing up in Ardoyne with the early death of dad and loving care of mum Rosaleen and the holidays fishing or hunting for whelks in Ballyhornanor wherever.”
Kevin’s brothers and sister were “happy to claim him as a good brother who loved and lived for his children [and] who would do anything for you and you could rely in going to him to sort things out because he had that common sense and intelligence”.
“What proves that God loves us”, he said, “is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners and having died to make us righteous is it likely that He would now fail to save us from God’s anger. We were reconciled to God by the death of His Son so surely we may count on being saved by the life of His Son.”
Meanwhile, detectives investigating the murder arrested a 45-year-old man in north Belfast yesterday and took him to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.