Northern Ireland

Kevin Conway murder: Funeral held in Lurgan five days after fatal gun attack

Pacemaker Press 14/01/24
Family and Friends during The funeral of murder victim Kevin Conway  at St Peter’s Church in Lurgan on Sunday.
The 26-year-old, who was shot multiple times in west Belfast earlier this week.
Conway had made several appearances in court charged with the murder of Whitla in Lurgan and had been granted bail.
The funeral of murder victim Kevin Conway at St Peter’s Church in Lurgan on Sunday

Family and friends of Kevin Conway have gathered for his funeral five days after he was killed in a gun attack in west Belfast.

Mourners, some wearing Liverpool Football Club jerseys, flanked the hearse carrying his coffin as it made its way to St Peter’s Church in Lurgan on Sunday.

The father-of-two, who was originally from the Kilwilkie estate in the Co Armagh town, was shot multiple times in his home in the Greenan area of west Belfast on Tuesday at around 9.30pm.

A bearded man dressed in a shirt and tie smokes a cigarette
Murder victim Kevin Conway

A funeral notice from his family said he was the “dearly beloved son of Bridie and the late Kevin and much loved brother of Lynsey, Victoria and Maria”.

“And beloved partner of Katie and loving daddy of Kayla and Koen,” it said.

His father, Kevin Conway Sr (30), was found shot dead in a derelict farmhouse near the village of Aghalee, Co Armagh in 1998.

Mr Conway was on bail awaiting trial for the murder of Shane Whitla in Co Armagh in January last year when he died last week.

He was one of three men charged in relation to the Whitla murder, which took place in an alleyway off Woodville Street, and was alleged to have lured the victim to his “execution”.

Prosecutors have claimed Whitla was killed over a suspected drug debt to a notorious Lurgan-based crime gang known as The Firm.

A reward of up to £20,000 has been offered by independent charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and convictions of those who murdered Mr Conway.

PSNI Detective Inspector Gina Quinn said last week that Mr Conway was “brutally murdered in his own home”.

“He was shot multiple times and was, sadly, pronounced dead at the scene,” she said.

“This barbaric murder has left behind a loving family, who are absolutely heartbroken.”

Following the Requiem Mass on Sunday, Mr Conway was buried in St Colman’s Cemetery.