PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott has said that two Major Investigation Teams are working on the brutal murders of men in Derry and Belfast within the past two days.
Kevin Kearney was found murdered in Belfast on Wednesday, and Barry McCrory was shot dead at a flat in Derry’s Shipquay Street in Derry city centre this morning. The gunman made Mr McCrory’s terrified girlfriend go into another room before killing him.
A group calling itself the IRA claimed responsibility for the murder of 47-year-old father-of-four Mr Kearney who went missing on Tuesday while walking his dogs in a local park. His body was recovered the following day from a lake in north Belfast.
No organisation has yet admitted Mr McCrory’s murder, although local politicans have also blamed dissident republicans.
Speaking earlier this evening, the PSNI Chief Constable said: “Firstly I would like to express my sympathies to the families of Kevin Kearney and Barry McCrory. The families and members of the public have my assurance that the Police Service of Northern Ireland will do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice.
“Today we have two families who are suffering the loss of loved ones who were brutally murdered. There are two Major Investigation Teams currently working on these murders. The most important thing is for people to put their trust in the Police and provide any information that will help us to catch the killers.
“I would ask anyone who has any information to contact Police at either Musgrave or Strand Road on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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