The funeral has taken place of a Co Tyrone man who was a suspect in a gun murder at a boxing weigh-in during a bloody gangland feud.

Kevin Murray, from Strabane, was wanted in the Republic in connection with the shooting at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in February 2016.

He earned the nickname “flatcap” in the media after being photographed fleeing the shooting.

He died on Wednesday at his home in Townsend Street in Strabane.

His funeral took place in the town on Saturday morning, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

During the attack at the Regency Hotel in 2016, the attack, which was linked to the brutal gang war between the Kinahan and Hutch groupings, 33-year-old David Byrne, from Crumlin, Dublin, an associate of the Kinahan family, was killed and two others were injured.

It is understood at least 11 people have been killed in the vicious tit-for-tat war between the two families and their connections, and two of the victims were cases of mistaken identity.

Mr Murray had been suffering from motor neurone disease with his condition only being revealed when authorities in the Republic attempted to have him extradited from Northern Ireland to face charges in connection with the Regency attack.

The application was rejected earlier this year after a court in Belfast was told he only had months to live.

It ruled that he was too ill to stand trial for murder and firearms offences.

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