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The Miami Showband pose for the camera.  4/6/1972

The Miami Showband pose for the camera. 4/6/1972

Three members of the Miami Showband were killed in July 1975 at a bogus checkpoint set up on the main Belfast to Dublin road

Three members of the Miami Showband were killed in July 1975 at a bogus checkpoint set up on the main Belfast to Dublin road

Miami Showband massacre... A Ford Escort which was one of the cars used by loyalist gunmen, is left abandoned near the murder scene. 31/7/1975

Miami Showband massacre... A Ford Escort which was one of the cars used by loyalist gunmen, is left abandoned near the murder scene. 31/7/1975

Survivor Steve Travers (left) joins family members and other survivors of the Miami Showband attack at a press conference

Survivor Steve Travers (left) joins family members and other survivors of the Miami Showband attack at a press conference

Miami Showband with Dickie Rock.

Miami Showband with Dickie Rock.

Some of fans who attended The Miami Showband concert in aid of the 'Children in Crosssfire' charity at the Grand Opera House , Belfast

Some of fans who attended The Miami Showband concert in aid of the 'Children in Crosssfire' charity at the Grand Opera House , Belfast

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The Miami Showband pose for the camera. 4/6/1972

A UVF killer involved in one of the most infamous attacks of the Troubles has died.

John Somerville was part of the terrorist gang - four of whom were in the UDR - that carried out the massacre of Miami Showband musicians on July 31, 1975.

He lived in the Shankill area of Belfast and was 71.

In all, three band members were killed and another two injured in the bomb and gun attack.

Alongside Thomas Crozier, Somerville was handed a life sentence for his part in the attack, which also claimed the life of his brother Wesley and fellow UVF man Harris Boyle. On the night of the murders, the popular group had been driving back to the Republic following a concert in Banbridge.

Their minibus was stopped at a fake checkpoint and two UVF men were killed when a bomb they were loading into the van exploded. The rest then opened fire.

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