Historical Enquiries Team to investigate 1973 Newry murder of 12 year old

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Friday, October 26th, 2012
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Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has welcomed the fact the HET (Historical Enquiries Team) are to investigate the murder of young Newry child Kevin Heatley. The killing took place at the top of Main Avenue, in the Derrybeg Estate on 28th February 1973 and at the time of the killing Kevin was aged just 12. Speaking about the case Mickey Brady said: “I can remember the night that young Kevin was murdered. As the news spread around Newry that the British Army had murdered this young child, there was groundswell of anger and despair. “The Heatley family were well known and respected in Newry and the fact that Kevin was just 12 years of age brought it home to families that even their children were not safe from the brutality of the British Army.” Brady continued, “I would ask people who have any recollection of that dreadful evening to come forward and help the family piece together the final minutes of Kevin’s life. It is important for the family to get to the truth regarding the exact facts of what actually happened. “At the time the British Army made a spurious claim that they had been shot at, but this had been strenuously denied by local people who said that they had only heard one shot.” “So, it is very important that people cooperate with this investigation so that the family can finally come to terms with the murder of their beloved son and brother,” he added.
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