Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Murder victim's parents 'saddened beyond words'

The parents of a teenager murdered in Londonderry at the weekend were said today to be "saddened beyond words".

Two men were charged last night with the murder of Liam Devlin (19), from Burnfoot, Co Donegal, who was beaten to death early on Saturday.

The men, aged 19 and 20, were due to appear before Derry Magistrate's Court today.

Mr Devlin was visiting friends when the incident that led to his death happened at around 2.30am on Saturday in the Linsfort Drive area of Creggan.

It is understood the teenager suffered extensive head injuries.

He had been socialising with his younger brother John (17) on a night out in Derry and both teenagers were said to have regularly spent weekends in the city. Mr Devlin's girlfriend is also thought to be from the Creggan.

The Burnfoot teen, a plasterboarder, is survived by parents Liam and Helen and younger siblings John, Kerrie and Alana.

The family are understood to have moved to Donegal from Scotland around 12 years ago.

The local community was still in shock today following the young man's death.

Fr Michael Porter from St Aengus' Church in Burt said he had contacted Mr Devlin's family.

"I have been in close contact with the family and they are still struggling to believe what happened has happened," he said.

"They are saddened beyond words."

Derry priest Fr Michael Canny said today that the city has become " de-sensitised" to violence. "I think people are becoming immune," he said.

"This is the third violent death in the city in a very short space of time. People see this as the norm, when they hear about it, they are no longer shocked, which is a terrible reality."

Jim Clifford, SDLP councillor for Creggan, said: "My sympathy goes out to his family who have to face this terrible tragedy. But we also have to find sympathy in our hearts for the families of whatever other young people might be responsible for this tragic death, because no family wants to face a situation where one of them is the cause of a person's death.

Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell added: "There is a deep sense of shock in the Creggan community.

"I would appeal to anyone who has information in relation to last night's incident to bring it forward straight away."

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