Steven Rourke funeral takes place

Images from the funeral of Steven Rourk

Images from the funeral of Steven Rourk

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MOURNERS gathered to pay an emotional farewell to a young Wigan man whose death has prompted a murder inquiry.

Family and friends of Steven Lynch-Rourke attended a funeral ceremony yesterday held at St Patrick’s RC Church in Scholes.

Addressing the congregation, Fr Ron McGivern said the 26-year-old was sometimes seen as an outsider, but was loved by many, including his parents Christine and Ian, siblings Michael and Katie and niece and nephew Maisie and Matthew.

He said: “Steven’s family can take comfort in how many people have come today. It showed how much esteem he was held.

“Steven was the type of person who, if he saw someone struggling, he would immediately offer help.

“We offer Steven’s family sympathy. When someone passes away in such dreadful circumstances as Steven did, the only thing that can help in getting through the torment is knowing that Steven is no longer suffering.”

Fr McGivern added that Steven had taken up flower arranging and horse riding and he personally thanked his carers for supporting him.

His coffin was carried out to the hymn I Watch the Sunrise. A committal ceremony was later carried out at Wigan Crematorium.

Steven’s remains were discovered in a wheelie bin on open land close to his home in Bickershaw Lane on Sunday, March 25. A post-mortem examination concluded that he had been strangled.

James Anthony Jepson has since been charged with murder.

The 24-year-old, also know as Kelly, of Bickershaw Lane has been remanded in custody until July 20, when he is expected to enter his plea.

A date for his trial has been provisionally fixed to begin on September 3.