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One of the dead
Written in 2000
"The bullet just travels on through time"
4 minutes
Difficulty level: Moderate amateur
The text consists of descriptions of deaths, and their effects, during the Northern Ireland Troubles, taken from an article in The Independent of October 12th 1999 by David McKittrick. The title quotes a father whose son was killed. His wife later died of grief. The article quoted extracts from the book Lost Lives - the stories of the men, women, and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland Troubles by David McKittrick, Seamus Kelters, Brian Feeney, and Chris Thornton, published by Mainstream. The text is used with the permission of the authors.

A man burst into a house
shot dead the occupant
and then exclaimed
'Christ I'm in the wrong house'.

I saw a young boy crawling along the ground covered in blood.

I beat him to death with a breeze block in an alleyway.

My son lifts his daddy's picture every day and kisses him.

My poor child. Only fifteen. Starting out in life.
His mother died two years later. She never got over it.
The bullet the bullet just just travels on through time
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