50 years since first victim of Troubles was shot by UVF

Fifty years ago on Friday, 28-year-old John Scullion was shot by a UVF gang as he stood at the front door of his west Belfast home. No-one could have imagined it at the time, but his death would be the first of more than 3,500 killings in what became known as Northern Ireland's 'Troubles'. Connla Young reports

John Scullion became the first victim of the Troubles when he was shot by the UVF 50 years ago
Connla Young
THERE have been calls for a fresh investigation into the death of the first victim of the Troubles who was shot by the UVF 50 years ago on Friday. The murder of Catholic man John Scullion marked the beginning of a vicious sectarian killing campaign by the emerging loyalist group half a century ago. For weeks after the killing the RUC claimed the 28-year-old had been stabbed, sparking claims they were also involved in a cover-up. Mr Scullion was shot at the door of his home at Oranmore Street in the Clonard area of west Belfast at around 11.30pm on May 27 1966. He died two weeks aft[...]

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