Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team have issued a direct appeal for information regarding the murder of 39-year-old Shane Whitla in Lurgan. Shane was discovered in Lord Lurgan Park on the evening of January 12th. A post mortem examination revealed that he died from gunshot wounds.
Superintendent Kellie McMillan, local commander for Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Policing District, described the attack as ‘totally senseless’. She stated, “This totally senseless murder took place in a local park. Those responsible had no thought whatsoever for the victim, his family or for the people of Lurgan. I condemn their actions in the strongest possible terms.”
The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell added, “We have now launched a murder investigation, and my ask is for anyone with any information to please come forward. Our investigation is at a very early stage and we are working to establish the circumstances that led to Shane’s brutal murder.”
Caldwell also added that they will be conducting high visibility patrolling in the area, and urged the community to come forward with any information they may have. He also reminded that information can be given anonymously, and Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Shane’s murder. He can be reached by contacting Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.