Northern Ireland

Vigil held for murder victim

Kieran Doherty
Image caption The 31-year-old was found shot dead on the Braehead Road outside Derry

Around a hundred people have attended a candle-lit vigil and anniversary mass in Londonderry for Real IRA murder victim Kieran Doherty.

Mr Doherty was found shot dead at the Braehead Road in February 2010.

The events, held at Termonbacca and at the Braehead Road, were attended by Mr Doherty's friends and family, including his three-year-old daughter.

Kieran's mother, Christine Doherty, said the anniversary mass was "very difficult".

"It's just hard to believe that he's dead, I just can't take it in at all," she said.

Sinn Fein MLA Martina Anderson, who was at the vigil, said it was "important for the family to feel the support of the community."

SDLP MLA Pol Callaghan said the Doherty family "need justice" and called on anyone with information to come forward.

Detectives investigating the murder of the 31-year-old have issued a renewed appeal for information on the first anniversary of his death.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison said progress had been made but "not enough to bring charges".

"There are others who know who killed Kieran," he said.

"Information from the community, not speculation, will help police to build an evidential case."

Anyone with information on what happened to Kieran Doherty is asked to contact detectives at Maydown.