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Bloody Sunday families ask for support

John Kelly reads a statement at the annual minute silence at the Bloody Sunday Monument.  Also included is Tony Doherty. DER0614SL052

John Kelly reads a statement at the annual minute silence at the Bloody Sunday Monument. Also included is Tony Doherty. DER0614SL052

Relatives of those murdered on Bloody Sunday have called on the people of Derry to cooperate with the PSNI investigation into the 1972 massacre by making witness statements.

The call was made at the Bloody Sunday monument on Rossville Street at a ceremony on Thursday to mark the 42nd anniversary of the fatal shootings.

Hundreds attended the event, where a minute’s silence was held at the monument, built close to the site where many of the killings took place.

It was held hours after the PSNI announced it is planning to re-interview thousands of witnesses who gave evidence to the Saville Inquiry.

Reading a statement on behalf of the families, John Kelly, whose 17 year-old brother, Michael, was among those killed, called on people to support the investigation.

“Each family has the right to justice and for some that has already been achieved. However, for some of us, justice requires seeing those responsible for the murder of our loved ones in court.

“There should be no hiding place for those who came onto our streets and shot our loved ones dead. Just because a person wears a British army uniform does not mean they are immune from prosecution,” he said.

In a direct appeal to the local community, Mr Kelly said; “We ask once again for the help of the people of Derry. You can play your part in bringing these killers to justice. We ask for your support and we know we will get it as you have always supported us.”

Relatives of victims of state violence from across the North also attended the anniversary event at the Bloody Sunday monument.

 

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