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Mourners farewell slain bikie associate Kemel Barakat in Sydney's inner-west

Ava Benny-Morrison

Almost a week after he was shot dead in his bed in a brutal gangland execution, bikie associate Kemel Barakat has been farewelled in Sydney's inner-west. 

Twenty-nine-year-old Barakat, nicknamed "Blackie", was peppered with more than a dozen bullets as he slept in his upmarket Mortlake unit last Friday. 

Mr Barakat, who was a suspect in the shooting of crime figure Hamad Assaad, was aware of the target on his back, having remarkably dodged being shot at in the western suburbs weeks earlier

In the pouring rain on Thursday, mourners flocked to the Alawi Youth Movement Centre in Marrickville for the Hells Angel bikie gang figure's funeral service. 

Among the crowd, many with hoods pulled up over their heads and gazes down, was Ahmad "Rock" Ahmad, the brother of slain underworld figure Wally Ahmad. 

Rock Ahmad and Mr Barakat were close friends, both of whom had their homes targeted in police searches in the past few months. 


The police presence at Thursday's funeral was strong with multiple marked and unmarked vehicles performing laps of the largely industrial area as the service was underway. 

Flower wreaths were carried out and loaded into a waiting hearse as crying relatives looked on.