Monument to murdered Reavey brothers unveiled in south Armagh

Members of the Reavey family at the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the weekend, three Reavey brothers were murdered by a UVF at the family home in Whitecross, Co Armagh in 1976 

A MONUMENT to commemorate three brothers murdered by the UVF 40-years ago has been unveiled at the family's south Armagh home.

John Martin Reavey (24) and his brother Brian (22) were killed when a UVF gang burst into their Whitecross home and opened fire as they watched TV on January 4 1976.

A third brother, Anthony (17), was injured after he tried to hide under a bed and died several weeks later in hospital.

The murders were carried out by the notorious Glenanne gang, which included members of the UVF, RUC and UDR.

The monument was unveiled during an emotional service at the Reavey family home in Whitecross, where the attack had taken place 40-years previously.

The victim's brother Eugene Reavey, who has campaigned tirelessly for justice for his family, spoke at the unveiling, attended by several hundred people from the small community and beyond who turned out to mark the anniversary of the attack.

Among those who attended the commemoration were campaigner Raymond McCord whose son, Raymond Jnr was murdered by the UVF and Thomas Boswell who as a teenager survived a murder bid by the INLA.

Eugene Reavey said the service in memory of his three brothers was "fitting and dignified".

"It was a very emotional for all of the family, even though we live with this every day of our lives, it never leaves you.

"My brother Frank lives in the house now because my parents never went back there after the shooting, my brother Seamus made a very moving speech".

The unveiling of a plaque at the Reavey family house in south Armagh. Picture by Justin Kernoghan 

Three of the Reavey sisters, unveiled the plaque and a religious blessing was carried out by local parish priest Fr Malachy Murphy.

"It was a hard day for us all, but it was something we felt strongly about," Mr Reavey said.

"There's never closure when something like this happens, especially when denied justice, but the memorial is a fitting tribute and that means a lot to our family." 

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