Police at the scene in Alexandra Park Paul Faith/PA Wire

"A cold-blooded and callous murder" - PSNI appeal for witnesses to Belfast killing

A group calling themselves “the IRA” has claimed responsibility for the murder of a father of four.

THE PSNI HAVE said that the man found in a lake in a North Belfast park was murdered in “cold blood”.

Kevin Kearney, a 46-year-old father of four was found in a lake in Alexandra Park yesterday afternoon. He was shot just after bringing his daughter to school, police said.

The Irish News today said that it had received a statement from a group identifying themselves as “the IRA”, claiming responsibility for the shooting.

Police said the circumstances surrounding his death can only be described as a cold-blooded and callous murder.

He had been missing since Tuesday and today, PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said that he had three appeals.

“Did anyone see Mr Kearney in Alexandra Park on Tuesday morning between 8.30am and 9.15am with his dogs? We know that people were in the park walking their dogs and out running.

Did anyone see a silver Peugeot 406 car in the Alexandra Park area on Tuesday morning? Its registration number is GNZ 8168. This car was found burnt out at Donore Court in the New Lodge area around 9.30am on Tuesday morning.

“Does anyone have any information about Mr Kearney or those involved in his murder?”

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at the Incident Room in Musgrave Street police station on 0845 600 8000.

Read: Man found dead in lake in Belfast park

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