Quiet memorial on 30th anniversary of massacre which left three young people dead

On the 30th anniversary of the brutal murders of Eileen Duffy (19), Katrina Rennie (16) and Brian Frizzell (29), families attended a quiet memorial for them in Craigavon at the weekend.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 12:39 pm

It was an horrific massacre, which was claimed by the Protestant Action Force, and understood to have been masterminded and ordered by UVF terrorist Billy Wright.

Because of the current COVID-19 restrictions, just small groups of families took part in the memorial event

On March 28, 1991, two teenage girls were sitting behind the counter of a mobile shop in Drumbeg with a third teenager Jamie Smith.

The Mobile Shop which was the scene of the triple murder in Craigavon 30 years ago.

The girls were talking among themselves when a van pulled up outside. A masked gunman wearing military style clothing and armed with a 9mm Browning pistol jumped out.

Most of those inside got out but the three girls were trapped behind the counter. The gunman pulled Jamie Smith by the hair and threw her out of the shop.

He then shot the two young girls, killing them. As the attack was ongoing, Brian Frizzell entered the shop and was shot as the gunman was leaving.

Eileen’s brother Brendan Duffy, who was one of the first at the shop after the attack, said the family is still in grief 30 years later.

The Memorial Garden to Eileen Duffy, Katrina Rennie and Brian Frizzell who were brutally murdered by loyalist terrorists 30 years ago.

He believes those who were directly involved in the murders are still walking free.

He said: “As a family we have cleaned up the memorial garden and are going plant a few wee flowers to brighten it up for the anniversary.”

He said many people do come to lay floweres in memory of the three young people who had their lives taken 30 years ago.

“A special thanks to Seamie Belshaw who did the brickwork for the monument once again. He did a brilliant job. And Liam Knox for the maintenance of the grass cutting.

PACEMAKER BELFAST ARCHIVE 91 31 MARCH 1991 660/91 FUNERAL OF THREE KILLED IN CRAIGAVON IN P.A.F SHOOTING IN A SWEET SHOP EILEEN AND KATRINA SHOT DEAD

“They are thirty years gone but not forgotten. RIP Eileen, Brian and Katrina.”

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PACEMAKER BELFAST ARCHIVE 91 31 MARCH 1991 660/91 FUNERAL OF THREE KILLED IN CRAIGAVON IN P.A.F SHOOTING IN A SWEET SHOP EILEEN AND KATRINA SHOT DEAD

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Pacemaker Belfast Archive The Funeral in Craigavon of Eileen Duffy who was shot dead in a sweet shop by the P.A.F. 31-03-1991 660-91-C
Pacemaker Belfast Archive The Funeral in Craigavon of Eileen Duffy and Katrina Rennie who were shot dead in a sweet shop by the P.A.F. 31-03-1991 660-91-C
Pacemaker Belfast Archive The Funeral in Craigavon of Katrina Rennie who was shot dead in a sweet shop by the P.A.F. 31-03-1991 660-91-C
Pacemaker Archive Belfast Eileen Duffy who was shot dead in the mobile shop at Craigavon. 29-03-1991 194-91-BW
Pacemaker Archive Belfast Catrina Rennie (16) who was shot dead in the mobile shop at Craigavon. 29-03-1991 192-91-BW
Pacemaker Archive Belfast Brian Frizzell who was shot dead in the mobile shop at Craigavon. 29-03-1991 192-91-BW
The Duffy family paying respects at the Memorial Garden in memory of Eileen Duffy, Katrina Rennie and Brian Frizzell who were murdered by loyalist terrorists 30 years ago.
Maying respects at the Memorial Garden in memory of Eileen Duffy, Katrina Rennie and Brian Frizzell who were murdered by loyalist terrorists 30 years ago.
Laying flowers at the Memorial Garden in memory of Eileen Duffy, Katrina Rennie and Brian Frizzell who were murdered by loyalist terrorists 30 years ago.