Belfast Telegraph

Mum of teenager shot dead after Enniskillen bomb shares pain

By Rebecca Black

The mother of a teenager murdered by loyalists the day after the Poppy Day bomb has said she has learned to live with the fact that no one has ever been convicted for his death.

Ivy Lambert (85) says she remembers her son Adam as a "very young fellow, coming home from college and looking a million dollars".

Adam, who was just 19 years old, was shot dead by the UDA on November 9, 1987, the day after the Enniskillen blast which killed 12 people.

No one has ever been convicted of his murder.

Mrs Lambert says while she does not forgive the killers who took her son from her, she added they no longer hurt her family.

"People should draw a line under the past. I know everyone isn't the same, some can, some can't, and I feel for those who are much worse off than me, in great pain," she told the BBC.

"The way I look at it is - that's the way it was to be, we had to pick ourselves up and get going for the sake of the others in the family. I don't think of Adam's killers at all, they don't mean anything to me. I'm not bitter in any way. I wouldn't go as far as forgiving them, it's not for me to - they'd have to ask for forgiveness first, they haven't don't that, but it doesn't hurt the family in the least."

Mrs Lambert described her son as the "perfect child" and says she often wonders what he would be like now.

"I remember him coming back on Friday nights from university with his Barbour jacket on, his rugby bag in his hand, coming through the patio doors," she said.

"He was a perfect child; where we argued with the rest and disagreed with them, never Adam, and I'm not just saying it because he's gone - he was a lovely fellow.

"Would I have more grandchildren - would he be married?

"I still remember him as a young 19-year-old. I look at the other three kids and think, 'What would Adam be like?'

"He's still that very young fellow, coming home from college and looking a million dollars, that's the way I'll always picture him."

Mrs Lambert's husband, Brian, passed away a couple of years ago, and she said she hopes the pair are together again.

"I hope Adam's in spirit with his dad, and that I will see him again, I hope that," she added in her interview with BBC Radio Ulster's The Sunday News.

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