Mother's plea over Pc's murder
The mother of a Catholic police officer murdered in Northern Ireland tonight said his death should not be in vain as she urged others to join the force.
Nuala Kerr, whose son Ronan, 25, died on Saturday when a booby-trap bomb exploded as he got into his car in Omagh, Co Tyrone, said everybody was aiming for a neutral police service.
The grieving mother said: "This is at a time when we are striving for a neutral police force for the good of our country and I urge all Catholic members not to be deterred by this. We all need to stand up and be counted and to strive for equality.
"We don't want to go back into the dark days again of fear and terror. We were so proud of Ronan and all that he stood for. Don't let his death be in vain."
Politicians from across the community have urged unity after the suspected dissident republican attack killed the new recruit as he went to work in Enniskillen.
Mrs Kerr said she was also speaking on behalf of his two brothers Cathair and Aaron and sister Dairine. Their father Brian died some time ago.
"He was a wonderful son and brother, always had a smile and a helping hand for everyone. He had all the attributes of a great police officer - fair, empathetic, intelligent, humorous, a great communicator and loyal to all who knew him. And he just loved his work," she said.
"I would like to appeal to the wider public for any information, no matter how small about this callous crime. Someone knows something. Would you please come forward and do the right thing so that justice can be done."
She said it was a sad day for the community. "Ronan was a valued member and he had so much to offer," she added.
The family were being comforted at the family home at Drumduff, near Omagh