There was a “massive” turn-out yesterday for the funeral of Michael Murphy, who died in a double shooting incident in Glenarm last week.
Detectives from Serious Crime Branch have said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths of 61-year-old Arthur Gibson and 37-year-old Mr Murphy. They were found at Mr Gibson’s farmhouse on Friday.
Mr Murphy’s funeral took place yesterday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Glenarm.
“There was an absolutely massive turnout,” one local said. “It was very sad and emotional.”
Mr Murphy’s fiancee Jenny read poetry at the funeral.
She is expecting their fifth child in January.
The couple have four other children – two teenagers and two in primary school.
“We will never know what happened,” the source added.
The funeral mass of Mr Gibson will take place from the same church today.
Geraldine Mulvenna is an Alliance councillor for the area and grew up in the Feystown area, only two miles away from Mr Gibson’s farm.
“Michael had been working for Arthur for 10 to 15 years,” she said.
“They had a very good working relationship. This has just shaken up the entire community.
“People can’t get their heads around it.”
She had been away and was unable to attend the funeral but would be going to meet Mr Murphy’s fiancee, she said.
Post-mortem examinations on the deceased had previously confirmed “that both men died as the result of shotgun wounds”.
Mr Gibson, a former republican prisoner who wore a prosthetic hand after an accident, had been “good friends and like a father figure” to Mr Murphy, according to a source close to both parties.
It is understood Mr Gibson helped Mr Murphy through “a problem with drugs”.
It is not known how long the men had been dead prior to being found.
Meanwhile, police said they received a report that a photographer was assaulted and had equipment damaged at a funeral in the Glenarm area yesterday.
It is understood the incident occurred at Mr Murphy’s funeral.