Funeral of Ballymena murder victim Matt Shirley

Matt Shirley was found dead at a flat in the Drumtara area of Ballymena on April 28
Matt Shirley was found dead at a flat in the Drumtara area of Ballymena on April 28

The funeral has taken place in Ballymena for murder victim Matt Shirley who was remembered in his community with affection.

Townspeople were shocked by the death of the 69-year-old, whose body was found at a flat in the Drumtara area on April 28. Police are treating the death as murder.

Mr Shirley was interred at Ballymena Cemetery following his funeral service in Stevenson’s Funeral Home in the town at 11am.

The service was conducted by Rev Joseph Andrews from Ballee Presbyterian Church.

Mr Shirley, of Wakehurst Road, was remembered as the father of Paul and David, father-in-law of Joanne, grandfather of Ruben, brother of Billy and Martha and uncle of Mary, Gordon and William.

A family notice in the press said he will be “sadly missed by his sorrowing family and the entire family circle”.

Many Ballymena people referred to him as a friendly character who got on with his neighbours and loved to walk his dogs.

Three people arrested by detectives have been released pending a report to the PPS.

North Antrim DUP Westminster election candidate Ian Paisley said he hoped the facts of his death could be established quickly.