Funeral of murdered Bellaghy teenager takes place

Family and friends attend Lauren O'Neill's funeral
Image caption Lauren O'Neill was shot dead on Saturday

The funeral of Lauren O'Neill, who was murdered in Bellaghy at the weekend, has taken place.

The 18-year-old was shot dead in her home in William Court on Saturday morning.

Her sister Brenda is still in hospital. Brenda's two children were in the house at the time of the shooting.

Phelim McNally, 26, from Station Park in Toomebridge, has been charged with Lauren's murder and with attempting to murder Brenda, his former partner.

Bellaghy parish priest Father Andrew Dolan was chief celebrant at the Requiem mass.

"The fact that Lauren was so young increases the sadness," he said.

"This sadness is compounded by the manner of her death, the brutal way she died.

"Brenda suspected the worst, she is aware that her sister died.

"The family know they are being supported by everyone.

"Brenda's improvement is thankfully continuing. She knows exactly what is going on," he said.