Belfast Telegraph

Further heartache for family of man murdered by LVF as his brother dies

By Rebecca Black

The family of a young Catholic man gunned down by the LVF in Portadown has suffered further tragedy.

Car dealer Kieran Lamph -brother of murder victim Adrian Lamph - will be laid to rest tomorrow. He died last Friday aged 54 from a sudden illness.

Tributes have been paid to the business owner ahead of the funeral at St John the Baptist Church on Garvaghy Road in Portadown.

The owner of Kieran Lamph Motors was described by friends and customers as a "true gentleman". One man said he was a "larger than life personality and an even bigger heart", while a woman said he was "such a great man, always had a smile and time for everyone, what a great man".

The Lamph family were left devastated 17 years ago when Adrian was murdered by the LVF.

The 26-year-old father worked for Craigavon Council at an amenity site at Duke Street in Portadown. A gunman on a bike shot him as he was working at recycling bins. He died several hours later in hospital.

On the first anniversary of the killing in 1999, an RUC superintendent said Adrian was killed for no other reason than the fact that he was a Catholic man working in a predominantly Protestant area.

No one was ever been convicted of the murder. One woman - Muriel Gibson - was charged with assisting offenders, and is currently serving a jail sentence.

The Lamph family issued a fresh appeal in 2008 on the 10th anniversary. His father died without seeing anyone brought to justice. The family said at that time that he died of a broken heart.

Kieran Lamph is survived by his wife Pauline, four children and brothers Desmond, Niall and Gareth.

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