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Son of murdered prison officer 'ecstatic' as he thanks supporters after election

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Kyle Black celebrates winning the seat with partner Adele Bradley
Kyle Black celebrates winning the seat with partner Adele Bradley

Kyle Black: The son of murdered prison officer David Black has said he is "overwhelmed" at the support he has received as he was elected as a DUP councillor.

Kyle Black was elected for the Carntogher area of Mid-Ulster Council.

Speaking after the count yesterday, Mr Black thanked his election workers and the voters who had turned out to elect him to the council.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: "I'm absolutely ecstatic at being elected. I want to say a massive thank-you to the people within the Carntogher area who came out and supported me.

"I'm overwhelmed by the amount of support that I received.

"I'd also like to thank everyone who has supported me over the past months during the election campaign," he said.

"As a councillor, I want to provide a strong voice for people within the local area and to play my part in creating a better community for everyone."

Mr Black also told of his devastation for the family of murdered journalist Lyra McKee.

He said: "Personally, when I heard the news about Lyra's murder I was absolutely devastated - and devastated for her family, her friends and her loved ones. Obviously as a family we have been through that, and can understand and empathise with the path that they are now travelling.

"It's absolutely devastating that another family is having to go through such hurt and loss.

"It's another senseless murder which has achieved absolutely nothing, carried out by people who are intent on continuing to tear our society apart.

"We should be working constructively together to try to create a better, more inclusive environment for everybody."

Mr Black's father, David Black, was shot and killed on the M1 as he drove to work in November 2012. No one has been convicted of his murder.

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