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Northern Ireland: Bereaved mother appeals for information on death of her gay son

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  1. My thoughts go out to the family.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Feb 2013, 8:17pm

    How awful for that poor family, not knowing what really happened. Surely there must have been at least one person who saw something? There will never be closure for the family until they get to the bottom of it, hopefully they will. I’ve no doubt it was a homophobic related. Another reminder to the religious bigots in NI that hate speech has consequences. I hope his family eventually find peace.o Rest in peace, Terry.

  3. I live in Northern Ireland but I’m ashamed to say that this is the first I’ve heard about this man’s death. It doesn’t appear to have received much publicity, although I could be mistaken. His family’s appeal for information certainly hasn’t received much publicity in Northern Ireland from what I can see. There is a report on the Northern Ireland page of the BBC News website – it’s down the page and easily missed. The regional newspaper with the highest circulation in Northern Ireland doesn’t appear to have reported it at all. It appears that Terry took his own life but that would have been influenced by the attack on him, possibly or probably homophobic, on the morning of his death. Obviously his family cannot rest until they have answers so I do hope they receive the information they need to find peace and to help the police seek justice which Terry deserves.

  4. Poor soul. Rest well, Terry. And my thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

  5. Northern Ireland is home to some of the kindest and some of the most vicious people in Europe. They are morally and socially dragging well behind much of their neighbouring countries. Puritanical Orange Orders and Evangelical Protestantism are much to blame. Sinn Fein have made huge strides in dragging themselves into the 21st century. The same cannot be said for their Loyalist counterparts.

  6. casparthegood 22 Feb 2013, 12:07am

    Both sides of the divide are as bad as the other when it comes to hatred and bigotry. It just depends what part of town or bar you happen to be in at the time. Sinn Fein are not Gay friendly it just happens to suit them currently to score points and seem “modern” I do sincerly hope that if there is any substance to these claims they will be fully investigated but as PSNI inherited many of the old RUC failings in this regard I have my doubts sadly.

  7. This is so tragic…i hope they get a result to what happened to this good looking guy…

  8. Marc Wilson 23 Feb 2013, 5:23pm

    When i saw this photo i knew the face straight away i used to work with Terry here in Manchester, he was a dear friend but i lost touch with him and now i find out he has died and i really am devistated by this news, to all his family and friends in Ireland my deepest thoughts a sympathy to you all, Terry you will always be in my thoughts R.I.P. my dear friend.

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