Allen family - ‘tell us why?’

Arlene Farrelly, the distraught partner of murder victim Andrew Allen, pictured looking over photos of Mr. Allen, with his mother, Donna Smith yesterday afternoon.
Arlene Farrelly, the distraught partner of murder victim Andrew Allen, pictured looking over photos of Mr. Allen, with his mother, Donna Smith yesterday afternoon.

The grieving family of Andrew Allen, murdered last week in Buncrana, have challenged his killers to face them.

Speaking to the Journal his mother, Donna Smith, said, “I want to face them and for them to tell us ‘Why?’

“We have been absolutely devastated by his loss, and no-one can tell us why they shot him.”

“The men who killed Andrew are cowards. I want them to face me. Face this family and tell us why they did it.

“Is there something we don’t know? Just tell us.”

The 24 year-old father of two was shot dead last Thursday evening when a gunman fired a number of shots through a window of the house he was living in near Buncrana with his girlfriend Arlene Farrelly.

He had moved there eight months ago after police informed his mother that a death threat had been made against him.

The family claim they were told a fortnight later that the death threat had been lifted.

Last night his girlfriend Arlene was preparing to move back into the home in Lisfannon they shared together.

“It’s my sister’s house but she lives in America, so I will be going back.”

A rally has been organised by Andrew’s friends and neighbours to express their anger at his murder.

They are calling on the people of Derry to stand together with them tomorrow afternoon, Saturday 18th February, at Annie’s Bar, Top of the Hill.