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

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.

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.

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