Northern Ireland

Kevin Kearney murder inquiry: man released

Kevin Kearney
Image caption Kevin Kearney was 46 and a father of four

A third man arrested by police investigating the murder of a father of four in north Belfast has been released unconditionally.

The 44-year-old was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the killing of Kevin Kearney.

Mr Kearney, 46, was found dead in a lake in Alexandra Park, off the Antrim Road, last Wednesday. He had been shot.

To date, two other men, 39 and 45, have been arrested. They were later released unconditionally.

Dissident republicans said they killed Mr Kearney.

Police have said drugs was one line of inquiry in the murder investigation.

The Irish News has said it received a statement from a dissident republican group calling itself "the IRA" that claimed it killed Mr Kearney.

On Tuesday, Mr Kearney's brother, Martin, said the family had been "torn apart" by the murder.

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