(video) — Hundreds of mourners have gathered at the funeral of former Rebels president Nick Martin, who was gunned down earlier this month in front of onlookers at the Perth Motorplex.
- Nick Martin died in front of onlookers at a motorsport event in Kwinana
- His killing has sparked fears of retaliation and ongoing violence
- Traffic interruptions are anticipated following his funeral service
The deafening sound of motorbikes revving filled the air outside a funeral home in North Perth as bikies took to the road to farewell Martin.
The majority of attendees wore patched Rebels colours, as police patrolled the street.
Police had warned the public to stay clear of the area, with traffic disruptions from the motorcade expected on Scarborough Beach Road, where the funeral was being held, and West Coast Highway.
Leading the procession from the funeral home was Martin’s coffin, decorated with pictures of $100 notes and placed on a specially made motorbike side car.
The confederate flag flew on a pole at the back of the coffin.
It was followed by a black hearse and limousines, some carrying Martin’s family, and then a long stream of bikers, forming an honour guard.
Police on motorbikes escorted them from the front and the rear, while the police helicopter flew overhead.
Police had estimated about 150 to 200 bikies would join the procession.
Scores of people waited along West Coast Highway to watch as the riders went by.
Attack ‘underhanded and cowardly’, mourners told
The procession arrived at the Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park where more people gathered for the service.
Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower played as Martin’s coffin was brought in under a marquee for the service, with bikers taking turns to walk up and touch it.
MC for the occasion, Verity James, told the crowd Martin’s life was “brutally stolen from him” in an “underhanded and cowardly” attack.
Martin’s sister, Rene Martin, told mourners he loved his daughter “more than life itself”.
Martin’s murder, which may have been carried out by someone carrying a long-range weapon and shooting into the crowd at the raceway, sparked fears of an all-out war between rival outlaw motorcycle gangs in Perth.
Police have launched “Taskforce Ravello” to find Martin’s killer, with a series of raids and searches carried out on bikie-linked properties across Perth in the last week and a half.