Editor's Viewpoint: Troubles may be over, but the pain persists for many
The family of Marian Brown, a 17-year-old pregnant girl shot dead by a soldier in Belfast in 1972, have got a kind of justice 46 years later. They heard the coroner yesterday say that the soldier who shot her had used an unjustified level of force. It was verdict the family should have got decades ago, though they have some closure which many other bereaved families have not.
But as Marian's boyfriend at the time, Thomas Corrigan, tells us, events of the Troubles continue to impact today. He wishes he had died rather than her. And he suffered further heartbreak in later life when his wife died of breast cancer. His physical scars have healed but his mental ones are still raw.