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Dan Murray murder: Protest rally against recent violence held in Belfast

Published 11/05/2016

A protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
A protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Fra McCann at a protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
A protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
A protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

A protest rally against the recent violence in Northern Ireland has been held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road in Belfast.

The protest at 7.30pm on Wednesday was prompted by Monday night's murder of Dan Murray just several hundred yards away in Lady Street.

Gemma Weir at A protest rally against recent murders, attempted murders and maimings was be held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Gemma Weir at A protest rally against recent murders, attempted murders and maimings was be held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Dan Murray, a 55-year-old father of six, was shot in the head when he drove into the Lady Street area of west Belfast on Monday night.

Mr Murray, who was known to police and had survived a previous murder bid, had been dispatched in his black Ford Focus to deliver food to a house in the street.

The rally was addressed by local elected representatives and community leaders.

Chairperson of the rally Conor Campbell said: "It is important that the community publicly displays its resilience in the face of these attacks and demonstrates its refusal to accept the rule of armed gangs across the city."

One of the speakers addressing the protest, Gemma Weir from north Belfast, appealed for a united community response and called on the incoming Minister for Justice to establish a forum comprised of community groups, community representatives, elected representatives, statutory and voluntary organisations including the PSNI and the Department of Justice.

It is hoped the forum would act as a united front against armed gangs and as a coordinator of anti-violence initiatives.

Police officers hand out leaflets at the rally held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police officers hand out leaflets at the rally held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Conor Campbell at a protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Conor Campbell at a protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
A protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
A protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Fra McCann at a protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Fra McCann at a protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Alex Attwood at a protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Alex Attwood at a protest rally against recent violence held at the shopping complex on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Belfast shooting: Dan Murray has been shot dead in a car in west Belfast.
Belfast shooting: Dan Murray has been shot dead in a car in west Belfast.
Nurdered takeaway driver Dan Murray with his partner Ciara Austin at the birth of their son Podraig (now 2)
A grief-stricken Ciara in her north Belfast home last night
Forensics gather evidence from the car Mr Murray was shot in on Tuesday night
Injuries Dan Murray sustained in a previous murder attempt when he was shot in the face
Belfast , UK - May 09, pictured is the scene of a shooting where a delivery driver Dan Murray has died after been shot in the neck and chest on Monday May 09, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Belfast , UK - May 09, pictured is the scene of a shooting where a delivery driver Dan Murray has died after been shot in the neck and chest on Monday May 09, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey at the scene where Dan Murray was shot dead in a car in west Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Belfast , UK - May 09, pictured is the scene of a shooting where a delivery driver Dan Murray has died after been shot in the neck and chest on Monday May 09, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Belfast , UK - May 09, pictured is the scene of a shooting where a delivery driver Dan Murray has died after been shot in the neck and chest on Monday May 09, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police at the scene of the shooting in Divis area of west Belfast
Police at the scene of the shooting

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