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Gerard 'Jock' Davison murder: Politicians voice their horror at shooting

By Adrian Rutherford

The Justice Minister has led political condemnation of Gerard Davison's murder.

"There can be no excuse, explanation or rational reason why another family should be made to suffer through the taking of a life," David Ford said.

"Those who carried out this heinous crime have no place in our community."

After leaving the IRA some time ago, Davison continued to support Sinn Fein and a number of party representatives expressed their horror at his killing.

Party president Gerry Adams said: "People will be appalled by this morning's murder in the Markets area of south Belfast. This brutal act will be condemned by all sensible people. There can be no place today for such actions."

South Belfast MLA Mairtin O Muilleoir said Davison was well known for his work in the community sector.

"There is shock in the local area that this man has been shot dead in such a callous fashion in broad daylight while on his way to work," he said.

West Belfast MLA Alex Maskey said: "What we have had here today is a very brutal killing of a local man. He is a very well-known person in this area. His family are well known and he is very well regarded in this area as a long-standing republican."

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell said: "This is a horrendous crime and those responsible have shown no regard for anyone that could have been caught in the middle of it during the school rush hour.

"People here want to move on from the violence of the past. This community will reject those who bring murder and mayhem to our streets."

Ulster Unionist MLA Michael McGimpsey said he unreservedly condemned the killing.

"The people of this city had hoped that we had left such days behind us. There is no excuse whatsoever for this murder," he said.

Alliance councillor Paula Bradshaw said: "Guns have no place on our streets. Those responsible for this vicious crime are a danger to our society and must be urgently apprehended by the police."

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