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PSNI widow reveals her pain two years on

By Claire McNeilly

The widow of the only PSNI officer shot dead by terrorists has said her hurt is as raw today on the second anniversary of his death as it ever was.

Constable Stephen Carroll was brutally gunned down by the Continuity IRA while responding to a disturbance in Craigavon.

The murder, on March 9, 2009, thrust widow Kate Carroll into the global media spotlight, where her dignity in the face of tragedy moved many.

“I actually feel worse than last year because the reality has now sunk in,” Kate told the Belfast Telegraph.

“It’s particularly hard at the moment, when the dissidents appear to be upping the ante, and it seems to me that nothing has changed for them over the last two years. Certainly nothing much has changed for me; every day is just the same since Steve was killed.”

One minute Kate was a happily married mother and grandmother; the next a devastated widow struggling to make sense of it all. She said she hasn’t had a good night’s sleep since her 48-year-old husband was taken from

her. And she said she fears that other families might be forced to suffer the same fate if the dissidents pursue their destructive, murderous plans.

“It sickens me to hear about new attacks against the PSNI,” the Banbridge woman said.

Today, Kate will lay flowers on Steve’s grave, which is in a plot close to the Co Down home which they shared for almost 25 years.

“My four-year-old granddaughter Caitlin often asks me why grandpa doesn’t come home anymore. I just wonder can any of them ever explain that to her,” she said.

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