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My friend Gerry wasn’t just the son of a Bloody Sunday victim

Gerry McKinney was born eight days after his father was shot dead by British paratroopers in Derry, 50 years ago today

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Ita McKinney with her newborn son Gerry. Days earlier, her husband, also named Gerry, was shot dead on Bloody Sunday

Ita McKinney with her newborn son Gerry. Days earlier, her husband, also named Gerry, was shot dead on Bloody Sunday

Gerry McKinney was just 34 years old when he was killed by soldiers from the Parachute Regiment on Bloody Sunday

Gerry McKinney was just 34 years old when he was killed by soldiers from the Parachute Regiment on Bloody Sunday

A copy of the interview which Gerry McKinney did with the Derry Journal in 1992

A copy of the interview which Gerry McKinney did with the Derry Journal in 1992

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Ita McKinney with her newborn son Gerry. Days earlier, her husband, also named Gerry, was shot dead on Bloody Sunday

Gerry McKinney was, his family insist, much more than just the son of a man killed on Bloody Sunday. He was also very much his own man. Gerry and I were friends at St Columb’s College in Derry, and he was popular with pupils and teachers alike. Even at a young age, he could be described as one of life’s good guys.

Gerry was born on February 7, 1972. Eight days earlier, his father, also named Gerry, was shot dead while taking part in an anti-internment demonstration in the city.


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