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North Belfast man Kearney murder Scene revisited

By Bob Malcolm

Police have returned to the scene of the murder of Kevin Kearney a week after his killing in an effort to gather as much information as possible from the local community.

An actor resembling Mr Kearney, and similarly dressed, walked dogs from Dunmore Avenue to Alexandra Park where a mobile police station was set up. Officers were on hand to speak to passers-by.

Mr Kearney's brother, Martin(48) appealed to the community to help catch his killers: "Kevin's family are distraught and destroyed by his murder. It has torn us apart. We are devastated.

"Kevin was not an angel but, for all its faults, the British justice system is a better way to deal with these things and someone stepping out of a bush, shooting Kevin dead and leaving four children without a father.

"I would appeal to the nationalist and republican community to come forward and help to bring these people to justice. If you don't want to talk to the police, then talk to Sinn Fein about it so that these evil people can be brought before the courts."

Three men were threatened by republican terrorists just hours before the execution victim's funeral.

One man is alleged to have been in a north Belfast bar on Sunday evening when three masked men entered and gave a warning to the family member and two other individuals.

Kevin Kearney was shot dead in broad daylight and his body was recovered from a lake in Alexandra Park last Wednesday. He had been walking his dogs and they returned to his Dunmore Road home, prompting his family to raise the alarm.

A 45 year old man arrested for questioning on Monday afternoon has been released unconditionally.

Mr Kearney's funeral mass was held on Monday at the Holy Family Church, Limestone Road. Father Paul Strain said in his homily: "Many words have been said about Kevin, good and bad, true and not so true. Ultimately the only word that matters is the final word of God."

Since his death the IRA grouping that killed him are accused of initiating a smear campaign against him, accusing him of drug dealing.

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