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Mother of Kingsmill massacre victim dies aged 91 after long fight for truth

Bea Worton
Bea Worton

Tributes have been paid to a victims' campaigner who lost her son in the Kingsmill massacre.

Bea Worton passed away in hospital on Friday evening at the age of 91. She was surrounded by her family.

Her 24-year-old son Kenneth Worton was killed alongside nine other Protestant workmen when their van was stopped by the IRA near Whitecross in Co Armagh on January 5 1976.

Alan Black was the only survivor of the massacre, despite being shot 18 times.

Following Kenneth's murder Mrs Worton worked alongside her son Colin to campaign for justice for the Kingsmill victims.

She called for those behind the massacre to be publicly named and in 2017 she took legal action against Newry, Mourne and Down District Council over the naming of Raymond McCreesh Park.

McCreesh was reportedly in possession of a rifle used in the killings when he was captured later that year.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said that she met Mrs Worton on a number of occasions and was struck by her "compelling and powerful determination to get justice for her son".

"She was someone who became a campaigner out of necessity. I am so sorry she has passed away without justice for her son who was so brutally murdered at the Kingsmill massacre," Mrs Foster said.

"I want to pass on my deepest sympathy to her family at this difficult time.”

Kenneth Worton
Kenneth Worton

UUP MLA Doug Beattie said he was "saddened" to learn of Mrs Worton's passing.

"A tenacious lady who never saw justice after her son Kenneth was murdered at Kingsmill," he wrote on Twitter.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last year Mrs Worton admitted she never got over her son's death.

"I still think about Kenneth every day, and I have his picture sitting here in the house beside me. I brought him into the world and brought him up as best I could," she said.

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