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BBC NI's Tara Mills reports
"The family wanted the funeral to be private"
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Monday, 6 November, 2000, 16:00 GMT
Family call for end to 'murder madness'
The funeral of Mark Quail takes place
The funeral of Mark Quail takes place
The family of a man murdered during continuing feuding between rival loyalist paramilitary factions, have called for an end to what they call "murder madness".

Mark Quail, 26, was shot dead at his home on the Rathcoole Estate on Wednesday. Loyalist sources said he had connections with the Ulster Volunteer Force.

His funeral took place on Monday.

One family member said: "Let Mark be the last one to leave a father and mother without a son and children without their father."

The Progressive Unionist Party assembly member, Billy Hutchinson, was among several hundred mourners attending the service.

Mr Hutchinson also attended the funeral of Bertie Rice.

The funeral of Mr Rice, 63, a former worker with the PUP, also took place on Monday.

Mr Rice was murdered at his home in York Road, Belfast, last Tuesday.

His remains were taken from Mount Vernon in north Belfast to Roselawn cemetery on Monday afternoon.

The coffin was draped in a UVF flag and there was a UVF floral tribute in the hearse.

There was a heavy RUC and army presence in the Mount Vernon area.

Mr Quail and Mr Rice were victims of a feud between the rival loyalist UVF and Ulster Freedom Fighters/Ulster Defence Association (UFF/UDA).

Four men have been killed and one seriously injured in shootings linked to the feud in north Belfast, which erupted 10 days ago.

PUP worker Bertie Rice: Killed in reprisal for Greer murder
PUP worker Bertie Rice: Killed in reprisal for Greer murder

Mr Rice was murdered in front of his wife in his Canning Street home in the York Road area of north Belfast.

The PUP is linked to the UVF.

That murder was thought to have been in reprisal for the murder of a member of the UDA, 21-year-old David Greer, on 28 October.

Mr Rice's funeral was taking place at Roselawn Cemetery in Belfast following a service in Mount Vernon Gardens.

Mr Quail, was murdered in front of his girlfriend in the loyalist Rathcoole Estate in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, on Wednesday night.

Mr Quail was linked to the UVF and his murder is being blamed on the UFF.

Feud victim buried

He will be buried in Carnmoney Cemetery in County Antrim following a service at his father's home in Ballyronan Park.

Another feud victim was given a paramilitary-style funeral on Saturday.

Masked men flanked the coffin of prominent loyalist Tommy English, 39, who was shot in front of his wife at his home in Ballyfore Gardens, on the Ballyduff Estate in Newtownabbey on Tuesday.

Mr English had been a member of the Ulster Democratic Party's Stormont talks team prior to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in April 1998.

The UDP is linked to the UDA/UFF.

It is believed he was killed by the UVF in retaliation for the murder of Mr Rice seven hours earlier.

A fifth man was seriously injured after being shot in the chest as he worked in a butcher's shop in the Oldpark area in the north of the city on Thursday.

The current violence in the north of the city is thought to be separate from a feud between the UVF and UDA/UFF in west Belfast, which erupted in July and has left three men dead and more than 200 families homeless.

The north Belfast dispute involves local factions of the two loyalist organisations. Security sources said it flared up as a result of an argument in a Belfast pub.

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