Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1991, Private Brian Lawrence, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed by gunmen in Belfast.
A part-time member of the regiment, Private Lawrence worked as a fitter at an exhaust depot in south Belfast, and was parking his car when gunmen drove up and shot him seven times. They escaped in the car they had hijacked from the New Lodge area of Belfast, the owner’s home having been taken over for the duration of the murder. No group admitted to killing Private Lawrence, but it was later discovered that one of the guns used had also been used in the shooting of a police constable and an informer.
At his inquest, the coroner heard that although Private Lawrence had not received any direct threats, he was concerned about being an easy target as he was not able to vary his hours of work at the exhaust depot.
Brian, from Belfast, was 34 years old and married.