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Damien Walsh killer believed to be Stephen McKeag

A mural and memorial to former UDA man Stevie McKeag in the Shankill area. Picture by Mal McCann.
Connla Young

TEENAGER Damien Walsh is believed to have been shot dead by suspected multiple killer Stephen McKeag.

The hitman, who was known as ‘Top Gun’ in loyalist circles, is believed to have killed at least 12 people.

It is believed he received the nickname after getting a special award from the UDA’s notorious C Company several years in a row for killing the most number of people.

Based in the Shankill Road area, ‘C’ Company was headed by Johnny Adair, who was later exiled to Scotland following an internecine feud.

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McKeag was responsible for the murder of several Catholics with many of the attacks carried out in nationalist and republican areas across Belfast.

A seasoned killer he was hero worshiped by many within the loyalist community.

In September 2000 McKeag was found dead in west Belfast.

It is reported that his face was heavily bruised and a cross-bow bolt was found lodged in a wall where he was found - leading some to speculate that he may have been attacked and killed.

However, it was later established that his death was caused by a combination of painkillers and cocaine.

A mural dedicated to his memory was later unveiled in the Shankill Road area.

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