Local community in shock following man’s death, says Higgins

Alliance West Belfast representative Donnamarie Higgins has said the local community is in shock following the death of a man struck by a stolen car after attending a funeral at the City Cemetery.

Seventy-year-old Seamus Conlon was hit by the Vauxhall Vectra on the Whiterock Road around midday yesterday (Saturday). Two other men hit by the car remain in a serious condition in hospital following the incident. A 32-year-old man has been arrested and remains in custody.

“My thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Mr Conlon at this sad time,” said Ms Higgins.

“The local community is simply in shock. This was a day when West Belfast was showing its best side off to the world due to Féile and instead we are now mourning following this tragedy. It is particularly devastating, given it was immediately after a funeral.