Published Thursday, 24 October 2013
Charlie Butler lost three members of his family in the 1993 bombing, while Mark Rodgers' dad was shot dead three days later.
On Wednesday night, both men took part in a studio discussion about the impact of the tragedies and how Northern Ireland could move forward - having just met for the first time.
"We're from two sides of the community, who were affected on the same level, and we're both the same," Mark Rodgers said.
We've both lost and grief is grief.
Having expressed a wish that he would like to send out a positive message to both sides of the community by shaking Charlie Butler's hand, Mark Rodgers crossed the studio to do so.
In an emotional moment, the pair hugged and offered each other words of comfort.
"God bless you," Mark said.
"And yourself - your pain is our pain. God bless you," Charlie replied.
"That speaks more than words," UTV presenter Paul Clark said, in drawing the programme to a close.
Nine innocent victims - including Charlie Butler's niece Evelyn Baird, her partner Michael Morrison, and their seven-year-old daughter Michelle - were killed in the Shankill bomb 20 years ago.
One of the two IRA men who carried the bomb into Frizzell's fish shop on a busy Saturday afternoon that October was also killed by the blast, which sparked a wave of retaliatory attacks by loyalists.
The week that followed saw a number of attacks, including the UDA shooting at the Kennedy Way cleaning depot as workers were arriving that morning.
Mark Rodgers' dad, also Mark, was shot alongside a number of his colleagues - another man was also killed, while five were badly injured.
Your pain is our pain.
Charlie Butler earlier told UTV Live Tonight that the week that followed the Shankill bomb had been a blur to the families caught up in it.
But he added: "At the time, we called for no retaliation - we didn't want to see anybody going through what our families went through."
Mark Rodgers, who was only six when his father was murdered, recalled how he was forced to grow up quickly and how he could have become bitter at his loss, but didn't.
Insisting that there was absolutely no difference in the grief of one side of the community from the other, he added that being able to have such a view was "all down to how you educate a child".
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