Belfast Telegraph

Tyrone man shot dead in Helmand to be buried

A County Tyrone man killed in a shooting in Afghanistan earlier this month will be finally laid to rest at the weekend.

Father-of-four Ken McGonigle (51) had been working as a police mentor for a security company in Helmand Province when he was shot nearly two weeks ago by an escaped |prisoner being held by colleagues.

His body was expected to be repatriated to Northern Ireland at Aldergrove today before a private funeral service on Sunday.

Mr McGonigle grew up in Trillick, Co Tyrone and lived in Magheramason near Londonderry with wife Gail, daughter Alex (8) and son Jamie (6).

He had two older children, Ruth (25) and Dale (22), from a previous marriage.

He is also survived by parents Joe and Ethel and brother |Nigel.

Death notices placed in local papers by his family this week said he was killed while “courageously helping the citizens of Afghanistan”.

He had been working for the New Century company, run by former RIR commander Colonel Tim Collins and had been due to return to Northern Ireland at the start of September.

A statement released by Mr McGonigle’s family after his death said: “Ken's primary motivation in life was his family; he was devoted to us all, as we were to him.

“He had the heart of a lion and died a hero.”

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