The girlfriend of a man killed by a gym two weeks ago, with tears, told his enthusiasts at the funeral that he was a true love.
Zach Parker (23) was killed in his car in the Applewood area of Swords on January 17 when he left a local gym with a friend who was seriously injured in the attack.
The talented and popular barber was driving his BMW X5 when he was approached by a solitary man who fired several firings against him before escaping the scene on foot.
Parker had a conviction for the treatment of drugs and a theory that was investigated by Gardai is that he could be killed by a sum of 50,000 euros that allegedly owed to a dangerous local band.
The Church of San Colmcille in Swords was at full capacity today as family, friends and neighbors came to the request of mass.
"They say that when he was missing a person the whole world seems to be empty. Zach was my first love and I was his true love," said his girlfriend, Hayley.
"All the memories we did together, we never thought for a second that this would be the end of us," he added.
"Never for a second I doubted my love for me. It made me feel so special. We were the tallest form of twin souls," Hayley added through his tears.
The cousin of the victim Keli told stories of happy family memories, and how he was crazy tattooed and loved his dogs, his cars and his bikes.
"He loves his family, and everyone loves loads, especially his Cillian brother," he said.
Cillian was split earlier in tears saying the second reading.
"Zach was always there for any of us when we needed him. He is the most genuine and loyal and generous person I've ever met," added Keli.
The symbols of Parker's life led to the altar included his hair clippers, his first pair of shoes, a Nandos bag, his whitening teeth and a motorcycle helmet.
In his homily, Father Paul Thornton said that our hearts are annoyed as a community because the act of violence that took Zach's life is out of context in our lives.
"He shook the whole community, and especially those who live in Applewood," he said.
"Our hearts are concerned that something like that happened so easily on an ordinary Thursday night," he added.
Many of the floral tributes to Parker show the logo of fashion labels like Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen.
One of them was modeled in the form of a Rolex watch, with a working watch as a central piece.
After the funeral mass its remains were transferred to the contiguous cemetery for burial. A pigeon flock was released in the cold winter sky, and some of his favorite songs were played in the tomb, including "I Believe I Can Fly" by R Kelly.