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Funeral service for killed teenager Reamonn Gormley

Image caption Mr Gormley's coffin was piped into the church

More than 800 mourners have attended a funeral service for a teenager who was stabbed to death as he walked home from watching a football match in a bar.

Reamonn Gormley, 19, died in hospital after being attacked in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, on 1 February.

A requiem Mass for his family and friends was held in the town's St Joseph's Church before a private burial in Hamilton.

Two men have been charged with the student's murder.

About 700 people packed into the church for the funeral service while dozens more lined the streets outside to listen as it was broadcast through speakers.

Mourners included Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

The requiem mass for family and friends was led by Father Brian Lamb and attended by Mr Gormley's parents Jim and Ann and brother Kieron.

Family 'anguish'

Addressing mourners at the funeral, Father Lamb described how he had seen the "anguish" on the faces of Reamonn's family members after visiting them following his death.

He said: "Reamonn was very much a beloved son, brother, grandson, very much a loved relation and friend."

The Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, was also present and led part of the service.

Image caption Celtic manager Neil Lennon was among the mourners

Mr Gormley's father and brother were among six coffin-bearers as his coffin was piped into the church.

Dozens of floral tributes to the student were placed outside.

Many pupils and teachers from Mr Gormley's former high school, John Ogilvie High School, in nearby Hamilton also attended and messages of sympathy were sent from as far as Thailand and the United States.

The service was followed by a private burial at Priestfield Cemetery in Hamilton.

Daryn Maxwell, 22, from Hamilton, and 18-year-old Barry Smith, from Blantyre, have been charged with the student's murder and with assault and robbery.

During a recent appearance at Hamilton Sheriff Court they made no plea or declaration and were remanded in custody.

Following Mr Gormley's death, more than 1,000 people took part in a march in his memory in Blantyre.

The teenager had been studying psychology at Glasgow University.

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