Published Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Gerard Lawlor was shot dead by the UDA in north Belfast in 2002. (© Family picture)
Gerard Lawlor was gunned down by the UDA on 21 July 2002 as he walked along the Floral Road after a night out.
The loyalist paramilitary gang said the father-of-one was killed in a "measured military response" to other sectarian attacks in the area
The 19-year-old was the last Catholic to be murdered during the Troubles, and his death was one of the first sectarian killings investigated by the PSNI, but no one has ever been convicted of his murder.
On the eve of the anniversary of his death, Gerard's parents, Sharon and John, told UTV they feel the PSNI has failed them, and their son.
I would like people to know that they are living in their own community but they’re not the nice people that they think they are. They murdered somebody. They murdered my son.
"We believed that the police system worked for you but I can't believe that you are left in limbo to go and find answers for yourself," said Mrs Lawlor.
"We have had to find evidence, they may as well not have been around at all. They have let me down, they have let John down and they've let our children down."
Mr and Mrs Lawlor family lodged a complaint about the PSNI investigation with the Police Ombudsman in 2006, but five years on there has still been no outcome.
"The whole point of the Ombudsman is to go and ask the right questions to the right departments and it's not happening.
"Everybody else seems to have moved on but the people who done this carry on regardless. That's the bit that hurts. We need to know why these guys have not been brought forward to face the courts," said Mr Lawlor.
"We would expect justice. The people in these communities know who done it and I would appeal to them, please, ten years is up. We are supposed to be moving on in life. Help us find who done this to our son," added Mrs Lawlor.
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