Fiancee’s wedding day vigil at victim’s grave
It should have been their wedding day — instead the fiancee of Real IRA murder victim Kieran Doherty was visiting his grave on Saturday.
The 31-year-old Real IRA member was murdered by the gang in February before he was found naked and bound on the Braehead Road in Londonderry, close to the border.
His girlfriend of 14 years should have been carrying a bouquet down the aisle on Saturday but instead was placing flowers on his grave in the City Cemetery.
Mairead Miller visited his grave with their three-year-old daughter Ceadach, whom she said still does not realise that her father is dead.
Adding to her pain was an arson attack on a poster depicting her partner that had been erected in front of the Free Derry corner mural. It was set on fire in two separate incidents on Friday night.
Pictures of the victim and his family had been placed on the back of the wall and were damaged.
The Real IRA had accused Mr Doherty of being a drug dealer, which his fiancee has always denied, and linked him to a £500,000 cannabis factory discovered by gardai in a house in Donegal.
“Kieran was a ‘Del Boy’. He would have sold anything, but not drugs. I’m with him 14 years, I know him,” Mairead said.
She described his killers as “evil” and promised she would not let them run her down.
“I am going to get on with my life with my daughter,” she added. She warned other young people not to join the Real IRA: “They were Kieran’s friends and look what they did to him.”