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Who were Bloody Sunday victims James Wray and William McKinney?

James Wray (left) and William McKinney, who died on Bloody Sunday (PA/Bloody Sunday Trust)
James Wray (left) and William McKinney, who died on Bloody Sunday (PA/Bloody Sunday Trust)

On Thursday the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) announced that a former paratrooper would be charged with two counts of murder due to his actions in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday.

'Soldier F' will face prosecution for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O'Donnell.

A total of 13 people died in Derry on January 30 1972, 15 others were shot and injured. One of the injured died months later from an inoperable tumour and some consider him the 14th fatality.

James Wray was 22-years-old when he was killed on Bloody Sunday. He had worked in England and was engaged to an English girl at the time of his death.

He was working in a city bar and dancehall before his death. Friends described him as outgoing.

Mr Wray attended the civil rights march on Bloody Sunday with his family after attending mass.

He was shot in Glenfada Park while running for cover when soldiers opened fire in the area. He was shot across his body and in the back.

The Saville Report ruled that Mr Wray was unarmed at the time of his death and could have been killed by up to four soldiers.

Lord Saville found that he had had been shot a second time while he lay dieing.

William McKinney was working as a printer at the Derry Journal newspaper and was 27-years-old as the time of his death.

Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
A young Fr Edward Daly (now Bishop Daly) carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers
Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.
30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.
William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.
Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings
A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday
Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
:Bloody Sunday.
Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings
Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. January 1972
Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan. 2/2/1972.
Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan. They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street. 31/1/1972
Bloody Sunday 1972
Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. 29.1.12
A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry
The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left. Picture Martin McKeown. 29.1.12

He was the oldest of ten children and was engaged to be married. Mr McKinney was also known as a supporter of the civil rights campaign.

Friends and family remember him as a keen amateur photographer, he had set out to film the Bloody Sunday march on a camera he had received as a Christmas present.

Like Mr Wray, Mr McKinney was shot in Glenfada Park as he ran for cover.

Lord Saville ruled that Mr McKinney had been shot in the back, by one of four soldiers. The inquiry found that Mr McKinney posed no danger to the soldiers.

"Willie was not a stone-thrower, a bomber or a gunman. He had gone to the civil rights march in the role of amateur photographer," a Derry Journal tribute read.

"The death of such a man as Willie McKinney and the circumstances in which it occurred give the lie to the British army spokesman who, by attempting to condone the appalling events of Derry's Bloody Sunday, have demeaned the once proud title, 'officer and gentleman'."

The other victims were Patrick 'Paddy Doherty, Gerald Donaghy, John 'Jackie' Duddy, Hugh Gilmour, Michael Kelly, Michael McDaid, Kevin McElhinney, Bernard McGuigan, Gerard McKinney, William Nash, John Young and John Johnston.

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