The IRA statement was condemned at Mr Hazlett's funeral.
"Such a dastardly deed as has taken place can never be excused, even by someone making the profound observation 'We have made a mistake'. Friends, some mistakes are so permanent and so final that they cannot be rectified. Apologies cannot exchange the coffin for the chair, they cannot give sparkle to a tear-dimmed eye, nor bring joy to a desolate and broken-hearted family".
Presbyterian minister at John Hazlett's funeral
John Hazlett was survived by his wife and two children.