Dunleer parish priest Fr Michael Murtagh appealed for anybody with information regarding the murder of Cameron Reilly to come forward and speak to Gardaí. Fr Murtagh was speaking at the funeral of eighteen-year old Cameron who was found dead in Dunleer on Saturday May 26.
A post-mortem examination found he had been strangled and there is currently a murder investigation underway as Gardaí try to establish the facts of what happened on the evening Cameron died.
Both Lannleire and St Kevin’s GAA clubs formed a guard of honour as Cameron’s remains were brought from a funeral home in the village to the church. Fr Murtagh spoke of the terrible shock and sadness which had overcome the close-knit community and spoke of the deep affection people had for Cameron who he described as ‘a quiet, helpful courteous young man’.
The service began with a statement from Cameron’s family which read:
“Today we are doing something we never thought we would have to do, say goodbye to Cameron. We want to take this time to ask you all to remember Cameron for the vibrant generous and loving man that he was and not for the circumstances that bring us here today.”
Symbols brought up to the alter to represent Cameron included a Nike trainer box, a hairdryer to represent his sense of style, a Chinese container from his favourite takeaway, his favourite aftershave, concert tickets to represent his love of attending concerts and an apron representing his academic life in DKIT where he studied business and hospitality.
During Father Murtagh’s homily he asked people to reflect on what had happened and examine the direction in which their life was going.
“I would ask and appeal to our young people particularly to reflect very thoughtfully on what has happened and to try and learn some lessons from it. I would ask them to reflect on the kind of people they want to be, the kind of young people they are turning out to be.
“I would say to them that life is very precious and that parents, teachers and people generally are very supportive. Everybody wants the best for you. Don’t suppose that they do not understand. They do have your best interests at heart.”
Meanwhile investigations continue with regards to Cameron’s murder. Gardaí have appealed for anybody with any information about the case to come forward and they are particularly interested in finding Cameron’s missing Apple iPhone 8 Plus which they feel will provide vital clues. The phone is believed to have been stolen following the murder and is black with a lime green trim along the edge.