In pictures: Vigil held for murdered officer

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AS mourners gathered in Cookstown for the funeral of murdered prison officer David Black, a vigil in Belfast was also held in his memory.

Hundreds of people fell silent in Belfast city centre to pay tribute to murdered prison officer David Black.

A vigil was held at the gates of City Hall at the same time that the father of two’s funeral was getting under way in his native Cookstown.

A lone piper played laments during the memorial event.

It was arranged by trade union leaders to give people an opportunity to pay their respects and voice their opposition to violence.

Members of a range of trade unions held up banners while bowing their heads.

Among notable attendees was Ulster Defence Association (UDA) leader Jackie McDonald.

Peter Bunting, assistant general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, said it was a poignant occasion.

“It gave people an opportunity to express their abhorrence at violence and the murder of David Black,” he said.

“And also to show sympathy and solidarity with the Black family and the Prison Officers’ Association.

“We represent 215,000 members, who are sending a very clear message that this violence is not in our name.

“Whether those who did this will listen is another thing.”




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