Book of condolence ‘chance to show solidarity with Black family’

COOKSTOWN District Council has opened a book of condolences for murdered prison officer David Black.

SDLP Chairman of Cookstown District Council Tony Quinn said it was the least the community could do to show its respects and sadness at the senseless taking of Mr Black’s life.

He said: “The book of condolences will be situated at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, Cookstown and is there not only as a tribute to the high esteem David Black was held in the community but also gives local people the opportunity to unite and pay their tributes to the senseless killing of one of their own.

“It gives the community to show its support for and solidarity with the Black family who live in the area,” he said.

“The council is unanimous in its condemnation of David Black’s murder. During times like this a community has the opportunity to send a stark message out to those who carried out this brutal murder; not in our name, not in the name of the people of Cookstown.”