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Tuesday, 18 February 2014
THE funeral of a Newry man killed in a hit-and-run incident in the United States will take place on Thursday.
The body of 35-year-old Paul Lambert was returned to his family home at Hennessey Park yesterday afternoon (Monday).
Mr Lambert was killed on Wednesday morning when he was knocked down in San Francisco, where he had been working the last two years for a charity that helps developing countries.
He is a first cousin of Kevin Bell
from Newry who died when he was knocked down in another
hit-and-run incident in New York in June last year.
A repatriation fund set-up by Kevin's family was used to bring Paul's body home at the weekend - the 15th person to be brought home from America to Ireland through the repatriation fund since it was established only six months ago.
Kevin's father, Collie Bell, described Paul as a gentleman who dedicated his life to helping others.
He added: "We are a strong family and we have our faith and we want to thank everyone who has supported and helped the family in any way."
A 27-year-old man has been detained by police in San Francisco on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.
Mageb Hussain tried to walk away from the scene but was caught by police a short distance away.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, in March and April 2011 Hussain was cited twice for speeding and once for driving on a sidewalk in three separate incidents.
His driving licence was suspended in November 2011 and reinstated in October last year.
Police said Hussain's speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, but that drugs and alcohol did not appear to play a role.
Mr Lambert worked for eight years as a linguist for KPMG before moving to America two years ago.
He is a former student of the Abbey Grammar School.
Abbey principal Dermot McGovern said: "Everyone is in shock and disbelief. Paul was a very pleasant, friendly and reliable young man and always helped people around him."
The SDLP's Dominic Bradley said: "I would like to express deepest sympathy to Paul's parents, sister, and wider family circle. I know that the community here will rally around the family and give them every support and assistance possible."
Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady added: "Mr Lambert was in San Francisco doing charity work, I have no doubt that he had a many talents and a lot to offer. It is very unfortunate that his life has been cut short in this manner."
Mr Lambert's funeral will take place this Thursday (February 20) at The Church of Assumption, Drumalane, at 1pm with burial afterwards at St Mary's Cemetery.
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