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Constable Ronan Kerr was murdered when an explosive device detonated under his car in Omagh

Constable Ronan Kerr was murdered when an explosive device detonated under his car in Omagh

Constable Ronan Kerr was murdered when an explosive device detonated under his car in Omagh

The grieving family of Ronan Kerr have appealed for members of the public to vote for pro-peace process parties as they gathered to hold a special Mass in his memory last night.

Mr Kerr’s family were joined by several hundred friends and neighbours for a Month’s Mind Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Beragh.

The 25-year-old PSNI constable was killed after a bomb exploded under his car as he left his Omagh home for work on April 2.

Almost two weeks ago the Belfast Telegraph revealed that an “independent” republican group styling itself on the IRA claimed responsibility for the attack.

It is understood the group is made up of former members of the Provisional IRA opposed to Sinn Fein’s peace strategy.

The Catholic police officer’s family last night urged members of the public to vote for political parties that support the peace process when Northern Ireland goes to the polls tomorrow.

In a statement they said: “The family of the late Ronan Kerr would like to ask the people of Northern Ireland to continue their support of the Good Friday Agreement/peace process by ensuring they turn out to vote on Thursday.

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“This is our only democratic means to reaffirm our need for peace. It doesn’t matter which party we choose to vote for as long as they support the peace process. We need to play our part in bringing about change.”

The family urged people to exercise “their democratic right”.

They said: “By not voting we are allowing the men of violence control and power over our lives. By exercising our democratic right to vote, we are condemning violence, ensuring power sharing and mutual respect and supporting law and order in our country.”

Mr Kerr’s mother Nuala, brothers Cathair and Aaron and sister Dairine all attended the Mass.

During the Mass, the dead policeman’s brother Cathair read prayers of the faithful and Aaron read a reflection.


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