A teenage girl, who was murdered on February 7th following a drive-by shooting in Tallaght, has been laid to rest in London.
The victim, Melanie McCarthy McNamara (16), was sitting in a car with her fiancé and two other men when a stolen Hyundai Santa Fe pulled up alongside the car and shot out a rear passenger window. Ms. McCarthy McNamara died in Tallaght hospital the following morning.
Two men, a 23 year from Crumlin, Dublin and 19 year old from Tallaght, Dublin were arrested on Thursday in Athy, Co. Kildare in connection with her death.
Yesterday, her body was laid to rest following a service at St Dominic’s Church , Kentish Town, in north London where the young woman grew up. She had planned to return to Kentish Town for her wedding which was due to take place next year. The funeral took place a short time after the date Ms. McCarthy McNamara would have turned 17.
Hundreds attended the funeral, including a large number of people from the Travelling community, of which Ms. McCarthy McNamara was a member.
The funeral procession paid tribute to the young woman and her love of fashion, with a pink hearse, horse drawn carriage and funeral wreaths including one designed to look like a tube of lipstick and another spelling out “Our Barbie Doll.”
Ms. McCarthy McNamara was buried in her favourite pink tracksuit, while members of her family and her fiancé Christy Moran all wore matching pink shirts.
A family friend read a tribute from Melanie’s father Shakey at the funeral, saying, “The love I have for you is the greatest love of all. I was the proudest man on the earth. Don’t worry about Mummy and the children. You’re in safe hands. I will never forget you. Love Shakey.”
The murder, which is thought to be connected to a family feud, has caused shock throughout the Traveller community.
Irish Traveller groups have appealed for calm following the murder and have urged anyone with information to contact the Gardaí.
“We acknowledge the nature of Melanie’s death has caused understandable shock and distress also to the community of west Tallaght and for the wider Traveller community in Ireland,” the Irish Traveller Movement said days after her death.
“We appeal for calm and ask people to offer full cooperation to the Gardai in their pursuit of Melanie’s killers – in what is the appropriate way for justice to be done.”