Film made by families of victims killed by car thieves
A CAMPAIGN group whose loved ones were killed by car thieves have come together to make a poignant new film to highlight the hurt and loss they have suffered.
The short film, entitled `The Ripple Effect', features members of the Families Bereaved Through Car Crime (FBTCC) group reflecting on their loss, highlighting how a death as a result of car crime devastates, not just family circles, but also friends and communities.
The group hopes the video will deter anyone from becoming involved in car crime.
Among those featured in the video is north Belfast father Kevin Fitzpatrick, whose wife Dana (28) and son Kevin Daniel (8) were killed on the Antrim Road by so-called joyriders in a stolen car in December 2000.
Speaking in the film, Mr Fitzpatrick said the events of the night his wife and son died would live with him for the rest of their lives.
"The events will continue to haunt me and will continue to haunt my family and Dana's family for the rest of our lives," he said.
Also featured in the film is the family of 65-year-old west Belfast grandfather, Harry Holland.
Mr Holland, who was a well-known greengrocer, was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver on September 11, 2007 outside his Norfolk Drive home by a gang who had been trying to steal his work van.
Speaking on the film, his daughter, Sarah recalls how when she saw her beloved father "hooked up to all of the tubes, that's when I knew he wasn't going to be OK."
The film features the "voices of those affected by driver drivers" which are "mostly hidden and unseen" adding they have to "go on living, remembering and wishing what could have been."
The campaign group said they wanted to make the educational film to focus on the "ripple effect of hurt and loss, to show how the loss of a loved one totally devastates a family circle, in the hope that it will deter anyone from becoming a joyrider, death driver, after seeing the pain they cause to families, friends and the community."
Tommy Holland, a spokesman for FBTCC, said: "We have got lots of feedback from many people who have viewed and shared it, saying how emotional it is and how it makes them feel, but it's only a small preview, the full film we are launching at our Road Safety Event is just so much more heartbreaking," he said.
`The Ripple Effect' will be shown during a 2019 Road Safety Week event at Corpus Christi Youth Centre on Wednesday, November 20, which will take place from 11am to 1pm.