I was saddened to learn that a young Catholic boy from Ballymena, who had been savagly beaten by a group of thugs, lost his battle last night and passed away.

I do not know how the people who did this can live with themselves, this lad was only a child. He did nothing wrong except that he was a Catholic (no doubt a crime in the eyes of these scumbags)

I hope that this lads death, while tragic and reprehensible shows people what naked sectarianism and hatred can lead to. No cause is advanced through this lads murder except that of bigotry and intolerance.

This sort of hatred is festering and soul destroying and while I welcome Ian Paisley's words I would like to see some action from him.

I pray for this lads family in what must be a harrowing time.

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