Bloody Sunday: 26 years on: relatives of the 14 people shot dead by the British Army in the Bogside remember

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Floyd Gilmour, brother of Hugh Gilmour, 17:

'I still can't accept Hugh dying ... There are photos of him running and being shot. He was hit in the left arm and it went right through him and came out the other arm. How those people aren't haunted is beyond me.'

Linda Roddy, sister of William Nash, 19: 'My father watched William fall and went out to him ... He screamed "this is my son, I need help!" and one of the officers shot him [my father] in the arm ... Recently I got a phone call from a soldier telling me "I'm very sorry. Please forgive me".'

John Kelly, brother of Michael, 17:

'I don't remember [that night]. It was terrible. It nearly killed my mother ... she would take a blanket to put over his grave in winter. Half my life has gone to Bloody Sunday. I would like to think if the issue were addressed truthfully I could move on.'

Margaret McGuigan, daughter of Bernard McGuigan:

'The [January] march is like having the funeral every year ... it's like we never buried our dead. They were slighted when the truth didn't come out ... The soldier that shot my father will have his God to meet one day.'

Mickey McKinney, brother of William, 27:

'Willie ran out to Gerard McKinney and as he was leaning over him he was shot in the back ... the following morning my father wakened me with his crying, saying, "Why couldn't they wound him instead of killing him?".'

Regina and Ita McKinney, daughter and widow of Gerard McKinney, 35. Ita: 'He was brave, he went out to the wee boy [Gerard Donaghey, who had been shot]. I would like to see his name cleared.' Regina: 'I think you have to forgive.'

Raymond and Liam Wray, brothers of Jim Wray, 22: 'Jim died [shot in the back as he ran away], and there is many a young man decided from what he had seen that day that there is only one way to bring justice, and that's take up a gun.'

Kay Duddy, sister of Jackie Duddy, 17: '[They said Jackie Duddy was dead on admission] I just remember screaming and crying and throwing the phone, then I had to go and wake my daddy ... he nearly went crazy.

The Widgery Tribunal only added insult to injury. It slandered them.'

Mary Donaghey, sister of Gerard, 16: '[The army] left him lying alone in the car until he drew his last breath. It makes me very angry. To think that he died in an army post when they knew they could have saved his life. That's when they planted the nail bombs on him.'

Jean Hegarty, sister of Kevin McElhinney, 17: 'I can remember going to the chapel up in Creggan and looking at all those coffins. That was the worst thing in the world, those coffins all in a row ... I would really like to know the truth, whatever it is. Our lives were changed forever.'

John Duddy, brother in law to John Johnston, 59:

'When I eventually saw Johnnie he had about four wounds; the hospital was like a casualty station. He didn't die for five months. Apparently the fall when he was shot gave him a brain tumour and he never recovered.'

Maura Young, sister of John Young, 17: 'We had him at home in the coffin. Thousands came to the house ... We had to have tickets to go to our own brother's

funeral, 50 tickets per family.

The army raided the house about three times a month until 1973.'

Tony Doherty and his mother Eileen, son and wife of Paddy Doherty, 31: Eileen: 'I had to come home and tell [my six] children that their father was dead.' Tony: 'The injustice around the issue is probably harder to take than the actual killing..'

Michelle and Betty Walker, niece and sister of Michael McDaid: Michelle: 'It was cold blooded murder ... From day one the truth was covered up by propaganda ... This past year there's light been brought into it and justice has to come ... there's been so much new evidence.'

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