Masked men escort murder victim’s coffin (UTV)

Masked men have escorted the coffin of murdered dissident republican Tommy Crossan to a west Belfast church for his funeral service on Thursday morning.

Masked men escort murder victim’s coffin
The funeral cortege of Tommy Crossan makes its way to St John’s Church. (© Pacemaker)
The 43-year-old was gunned down in broad daylight on the lower Springfield Road on Good Friday.

Mr Crossan’s funeral mass took place at St. John the Evangelist Church on the Falls Road.

A former senior Continuity IRA figure, he was working at a family business in the Peter Pan complex when he was ambushed.

He was shot a number of times through the window of a portable cabin at 4.45pm. He was hit in the upper body and pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Crossan was from west Belfast and leaves behind a wife, six children and five grandchildren.

Police confirmed on Saturday that he was known to them and that they have not ruled out a dissident republican feud in relation to his murder.

A 26-year-old man arrested in west Belfast by police investigating the murder was released without charge.

A red BMW car, which was set on fire at nearby Beechmount Grove, was discovered after the fatal shooting and a link is being investigated.

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