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I will never forgive Wayne's killers -- widow

WAYNE Doherty's widow Karen says she will never forgive her husband's killers.

She told the Herald of her shock when gardai came to her home yesterday to inform her four people had been arrested in connection with her husband's murder.

Wayne Doherty was hit by a shotgun blast outside his parents' home in Hartstown in west Dublin last July.

"The gardai wanted to make sure that I heard about the arrests directly from them. I'm still a bit shocked," said Karen.

"I will never forgive whoever killed Wayne. I'm still very hurt and I'm still very angry."

Karen (29) said that caring for their children Christopher (10) and Johanne (5) has been her priority and they have kept her going in the long, hard, seven months they have endured since Wayne's killing.

"The kids are my priority now. They've lost one parent so I have to live for them," said the mother-of-two.

"I'm still in shock and am trying to take everything in. I wasn't expecting a garda to come to the door today," she said.

Karen said her pillow was still often her best friend when she cried at night, and that Wayne's family, as well as her own family and friends, were a constant source of support for her and the children.

"We meet often, and there is talk and tears, and Wayne is always talked about and never forgotten," she said.

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"The children like to speak with her about their father and they miss him every day.

"They talk about their dad every day, and we reminisce a lot."

At the opening of the inquest last September, the Coroner's Court was told the cause of death was caused by a gunshot wound to the trunk.

Three people were still being questioned today by gardai investigating the murder.

Gardai yesterday arrested a woman in her 40s on suspicion of withholding information and was taken to Lucan Garda Station for questioning.

Her two sons and a teenager were also arrested on suspicion of possession of firearms and taken to garda stations in Finglas, Cabra and Ballyfermot

aokeeffe@herald.ie.


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