The aunt of murdered Catholic Kevin McDaid has spoken of the family’s devastation as they prepared to mark the first anniversary of his violent death today.
Mr McDaid was kicked to death in front of his son just yards from his own front door in the Heights estate in Coleraine this day last year.
A friend of Mr McDaid’s, Damien Fleming, was left fighting for his life as a result of the attack.
The murder led to a summer of sectarian unrest in the Coleraine housing estate and most of Mr McDaid’s family, including his widow, Evelyn, are in England today to avoid any tension in the town.
However, Mr McDaid’s aunt, Josephine Neill, has remained in Coleraine and will visit the grave of the father-of-four today. She said: “It’s terrible, it’s very sad. The whole thing is like a nightmare.
“We’ll never get over it. Evelyn is badly depressed. She cries all the time. She just can’t come to terms with it all,” she said.
Up to 60 Celtic football jerseys and scarves have been laid at the spot where 49-year-old Mr McDaid was murdered in a scene, reminiscent of last year when tributes lined the streets in the Heights estate.
A number of people have appeared in court charged with the murder of Mr McDaid and the attempted murder of Mr Fleming last year.