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Pregnant teen Troubles victim Marian Brown was 'flower that never got the chance to bloom' inquest hears

By Rebecca Black

The brother of a teenage girl shot dead in disputed circumstances in 1972 has described her as a flower that never got the chance to bloom.

Marian Brown (17) died just after kissing her boyfriend goodnight on Roden Street just after midnight on June 12, 1972. Just minutes before she died, Marian and her boyfriend Thomas Corrigan had told her mother that she was pregnant and that they were going to get married.

The family of the west Belfast teen, who worked as a stitcher, initially believed she had been murdered by loyalists.

But now a fresh inquest into her death is examining claims she was shot by soldiers. Marian's older brother Richard was emotional on Monday morning as he described how the tragedy had impacted on his family.

He said they never spoke about it to protect their mother, and that two older siblings emigrated to Canada within three years of the killing to take their children away from the dangers of Troubles Belfast.

"Marian was just an innocent kid, she was fun loving, just a normal teenager, loved her music and different things," he told the inquest.

"She was completely innocent like other young ones killed. They were flower buds that never got to flower, Marian never got to bloom.

"I was robbed of being a big brother. I was ashamed I couldn't do anything, I was angry at them for robbing us of a sister and a friend."

The inquest is scheduled to last for almost three weeks.

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