Annette McGavigan

Annette McGavigan

Death 6 Sep 1971 (aged 13–14)
Burial Londonderry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Memorial ID 15115019 · View Source
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Daughter of Annie and William McGavigan.

A pupil at St. Cecelia's College who loved music and art, Annette McGavigan was just 14 years old when she was shot and killed by British Security forces on Abbey Street in Derry. Like many children of the area, she had gone with friends to collect the rubber bullets that littered the ground after riots. She had not been a participant in the rioting. (This was during a time when youths, particularly young boys, would riot to protest against the presence of British troops in the neighbourhood).

Annette was the 100th civilian victim of the Troubles. As with a great number of the deaths in the Troubles, it is widely believed that a truly thorough investigation has never been carried out. No one has ever been charged in connection with her death.

Years later, Annette became the subject of one of the well known murals by the Bogside Artists, located on Rossville Street near Free Derry Corner and the site of the Bloody Sunday tragedy. Above and to the left of her head in the mural, entitled "The Death of Innocence", was painted an unfinished butterfly, and at her right side (to the left facing her) a rifle. Recently (2006) the mural has been repainted with the butterfly coloured in and the rifle broken, reflecting the progress of the peace process.

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