Kevin Kearney's daughter pays tribute to her dad
Published 14/10/2013 | 14:08
Dissident murder victim Kevin Kearney's teenage daughter has paid tribute to her "great" dad.
The devastated 17-year-old hit out at cowardly New IRA thugs who gunned him down, saying: "I hope whoever did this realises what a sick thing they have done."
Distance runner Kearney, who is originally from Ardoyne, was out for a morning stroll with his dogs through the Alexandra Park in north Belfast when he was targeted.
Daughter Nicole says his death will leave a huge hole in her family. She added: "These next few days are going to be so hard with the news and rumours, but then everyone is going to get back to their normal lives and forget about what has happened.
"My family will have to live with this for the rest of our lives.
"No one can ever understand how heartbroken I am and everybody knows how much my daddy meant to me, as he said 'we are two peas in a pod'.
"Everyone who knew my daddy will agree how much of a great man he was and how much his family meant to him," wrote a grieving Nicole on Facebook.
Kearney's ex-partner Charlene Whelan, the mother of his children and convicted drug dealer, also paid tribute to the murder victim.
She said: "They didn't have to do what they did to him. What has been said is completely untrue.
"I don't know where I am at the minute. He lived for his children.
"He loved going to collect them from school. They were his whole life."