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Mother of schoolboy (15) shot dead by Army in 1981 passes away

By Staff Reporter

The mother of a schoolboy gunned down by the Army in 1981 has died.

Molly Barrett's 15-year-old son son Danny was killed in north Belfast in 1981.

He was hit by shots from an Army observation post as he sat on the front garden wall of his home at Havana Court in Ardoyne, according to the book Lost Lives, which details the deaths of all the victims of the Troubles.

Gunmen close to his home had fired at an RUC Land Rover.

The innocent youngster was killed in return fire from a soldier.

During his inquest the schoolboy's father and uncle punched the soldier responsible around the head.

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly expressed his condolences to the Barrett family.

"Molly Barrett had her 15-year-old son taken away from her when the British Army murdered him on July 9, 1981," said Mr Kelly.

"Danny's father and Molly's husband Jimmy passed away years earlier, and his death was seen by the family as a consequence of his son's killing.

"No British Army soldier was ever charged with his death. This was symptomatic of State killings throughout the conflict.

"Molly Barrett and the rest of her family bore their terrible loss with dignity and fortitude.

"On behalf of Sinn Fein I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to Molly's wider family circle."

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