Published Friday, 01 November 2013
The father-of-two was driving from his Cookstown home to work at Maghaberry prison on Thursday 1 November last year when he was ambushed by dissident republican gunmen.
As the 52-year-old drove along the M1 motorway a Dublin registered car pulled up alongside him and a number of shots were fired, fatally injuring him.
He was the first prison officer to be murdered in over 20 years.
On Friday, a memorial service was held in Maghaberry prison to remember Mr Black.
Among his family, friends and work colleagues were the Justice Minister David Ford and Prison Service Director General Sue McAllister.
Mr Ford said: "The service he gave in keeping our community safe was in stark contrast to those who perpetrated the heinous attack on him.
"His loss is deeply felt by the Prison Service family but nowhere is his loss more profoundly than by his grieving wife Yvonne, daughter Kyra, son Kyle and the wider Black family."
Maghaberry Governor Pat Maguire added: "I was privileged to know and work with David.
"He is sadly missed by all his colleagues at Maghaberry and it is right and proper that he and his family remain in our thoughts."
Mr Black was a fine officer who was murdered for no other reason than the uniform he wore.
Also on the one year anniversary of the murder, police made an appeal for specific information relating to incident.
The shooting happened at 7.30am on the M1 motorway between Portadown (Junction 11) and Lurgan (Junction 10), about one mile from the Oxford Island exit ramp.
Serious Crime Branch detectives working on the case want anyone from the Lurgan and Cookstown areas with any information to contact them.
The dark blue Toyota Camry, registration 94 D 50997, was found burnt out in the Inglewood district of Lurgan about 20 minutes later.
On Friday, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness, the officer leading the investigation, said that a number of men were seen running away from the Toyota Camry car.
"Although it is one year since David's murder, we are still appealing for people to come forward with information. I am making a particular appeal to people in Lurgan to think about what they know and what they saw last year.
"The dark blue Toyota Camry was in Lurgan prior to the shooting on the evening of 31 October and was set on fire about 20 minutes after David's murder a few miles from the M1 at Inglewood on the morning of 1 November.
"A number of men were seen running away from the Toyota Camry car," he added.
"I would appeal to anyone who can help us with this specific inquiry or who knows anything about David's murder to come forward. "
DCI Harkness highlighted that there is a reward of up to £10,000 available from Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
"I would also appeal to people in Cookstown to think about what they saw in the days and weeks before David's murder last year. Did you see any unusual activity around David's home or the places he frequented? If you have any information, please contact us."
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