Belfast Telegraph

How the Bloody Sunday victims died

A list of the 14 victims of Bloody Sunday and the circumstances of their shootings.

Kevin McElhinney, 17

Was shot from behind as he crawled toward Rossville flats. The bullet entered his right buttock and exited his shoulder. When he was hit fellow marchers ran out from the flats and dragged him inside, but he died soon after.

Gerald Donaghey, 17

Was running between Glenfada Park and Abbey Park when he was shot in the abdomen. Mr Rogan and another man then attempted to drive the teenager to the city's Altnagelvin hospital. However, they were stopped at a military checkpoint and ordered to abandon the vehicle. At this point a soldier drove Gerald to an army first aid post. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

A police photograph of his clothes showed a number of nail bombs in his pockets, however those who treated the youth, including the army medical officer, said they found nothing in his pockets.

John "Jackie" Duddy, 17

Shot in the chest in the car park of Rossville flats, he was the first to be killed on Bloody Sunday.

Bernard "Barney" McGuigan, 41

Was going to the aid of Patrick Doherty, waving a white handkerchief in his hand, when he was shot in the head with a single round. He died instantly.

Michael McDaid, 20

Died instantly after being shot in the face at the barricade. The downward trajectory of the bullet entry wound led to claims he was shot by soldiers positioned on top of Derry's historic stone walls, which overlooked the scene.

William Nash, 19

Struck by a single bullet to the chest close to the rubble barricade. With the trajectory again downward, it is thought he may also have been fired on by a soldier on the walls.

James Wray, 22

Shot twice in Glenfada Park. Two witnesses to the Widgery Tribunal said the second shot was fired at close range while he lay injured on the ground from the first bullet.

Michael Kelly, 17

Shot once in the abdomen close to the rubble barricade. He died in the ambulance on the way to hospital.

John Johnston, 59

Was shot twice from soldiers inside a derelict building in William Street. This incident happened away from the scene of the rest of the shootings and took place around 15 minutes earlier. He survived the day but died six months later.His family insist his death was linked to the injuries sustained and claim he is the 14th victim of Bloody Sunday.

John Young, 17

Killed instantly with a single shot to the head at the rubble barricade. The bullet hit him in the left eye and travelled downward through his chest, indicating that he may also have been shot from the walls above.

William "Willie" McKinney, 27 (not related to Gerard McKinney)

Also shot in Glenfada Park. A keen amateur film-maker he had recorded scenes from the march with his hand held cinecamera before the shooting started. The camera was found in his jacket pocket as he lay dying.

Gerard McKinney, 35

Was running close behind Gerald Donaghey in Glenfada Park when the teenager was shot. Witnesses said he then raised his hands and shouted "Don't shoot!" but moments later was hit in the chest. The bullet passed sideways through his body but did not wound either arm, indicating that his hands were indeed raised at the time.

Hugh Gilmour, 17

Was hit with a single shot was he ran away from the rubble barricade on Rossville Street. A student nurse attempted to treat his wounds but he died at the scene.

Patrick Doherty, 31

Was shot from behind as he attempted to crawl to safety from the forecourt of Rossville flats. He died at the scene after being hit with a single round that entered his body through the right buttock and exited his left chest. A soldier who fired at him initially claimed he had been armed with a pistol. A photograph of Mr Doherty taken moments before he was hit showed no evidence of a firearm.


Thirteen other people, excluding John Johnston, were injured on the day. They were: Michael Bradley (22), Michael Bridge (25), Alana Burke (18), Patrick Campbell (51), Margaret Deery (31), Damien Donaghy (15), Joseph Friel (22), Danny Gillespie (32), Patrick McDaid (25), Daniel McGowan (38), Joseph Mahon (16), Alexander Nash (51) and Michael Quinn (17).

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