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Bloody Sunday activist dies at 87

Bloody Sunday campaigner Johnny Duddy has died in Londonderry aged 87.

Mr Duddy was the brother-in-law of John Johnston, the second person shot by soldiers in January 1972. Mr Johnston died from his wounds a few months later.

Mr Duddy's death yesterday comes shortly before the £200m probe by Lord Saville into the killing of the 14 civil rights protesters is published.

Victims' spokesman Tony Doherty said: “Johnny Duddy was a tireless campaigner from the early days of the Bloody Sunday justice campaign, loyally representing the Johnston family right through until several months before his death.

“He will be remembered as a serious but at times jovial figure, who brightened up many a gloomy day on the campaign trail.”

Mr Duddy died at his home in Marlborough Street early yesterday morning. He was present on the march in 1972 and in the years since Bloody Sunday he represented the Johnston family.

Shortly before his death Mr Duddy wrote a letter to the Bloody Sunday families expressing his feelings about the campaign and the Saville Inquiry.

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Part of it read: “I am now 87 years old and must be one of the oldest alive who went through Bloody Sunday. I would love to be around to see the killers brought to justice. Nothing less.”

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