FAMILY and friends of John “Jonty” Hall gathered to say a final farewell to the murdered grandfather.
Scores of mourners gathered at All Saints’ Church in Penshaw this morning for the 46-year-old’s funeral.
Mr Hall, of Burn Terrace in Shiney Row, was found dead on Sunday, September 15.
His body had been dumped in Marks Lane in West Rainton.
He had sustained multiple injuries and police launched an immediate murder investigation.
Yesterday, six pallbearers carried Mr Hall’s coffin into the church as mourners watched on in silence.
An array of floral tributes, including one in the shape of a gun, surrounded the coffin as the funeral procession then made its way to Sunderland Crematorium.
Tributes left included: “Jonty, you will never be forgotten, I will always have a private smile when I think of your crazy text messages.”
Another stated: “Remembering the kind, quiet and private man you always were to me. Rest in Peace.”
Following the murder, police arrested 10 people, going on to charge three with murder.
Nicholas Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, and Stuart Smith, 42, of no fixed address, are both charged with murder and are currently remanded in custody.
They are due to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on December 10.
Paul Tate, 49, of Cambridge Road, Silksworth, who was also charged with the murder, was found dead in his cell while on remand in Holme House Prison, Stockton, on Friday, September 27.
A Prison Service and police investigation is now under way into the cause of Mr Tate’s death.
Seven others, arrested in connection to the investigation, are currently on police bail.
Detectives are continuing their inquiries into the murder, concentrating their efforts on the Shiney Row and Penshaw areas of the city.