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Mum of girl shot dead by Army to be laid to rest

The funeral Mass for Mrs O'Hare, who was in her 90s, will take place at St Malachy's Church, Ballymoyer, at 11am (stock photo)
The funeral Mass for Mrs O'Hare, who was in her 90s, will take place at St Malachy's Church, Ballymoyer, at 11am (stock photo)
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

The funeral will take place in Co Armagh today of a woman whose 12-year-old daughter was killed by the Army in 1976.

Mary O'Hare passed away on Tuesday at her home in Whitecross, Co Armagh, almost 43 years after her daughter Majella was killed.

The schoolgirl was on her way to church on August 14, 1976, when she was shot twice in the back.

At the time, Private Michael Williams, of the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment, claimed he had fired in response to an IRA sniper attack.

He was tried for manslaughter in 1977.

However he was acquitted by Lord Justice Maurice Gibson who accepted there had been a gunman in the area.

The funeral Mass for Mrs O'Hare, who was in her 90s, will take place at St Malachy's Church, Ballymoyer, at 11am.

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