Mr McKenna, a 28-year-old married lorry driver from Ban Foot, Derritrasna, was shot dead by a gunman on his way to a mine on Ballystockcart Road Comber on 2 June 1993. .
Speaking about her husband’s murder, Brendan’s widow Elaine said: “When my husband Brendan was brutally murdered, many other innocent people were also shot. He was not the last. .The next target was someone else’s husband, son, brother or father. I appeal to the community, to the people of Northern Ireland, if you have any information about Brendan’s murder, please contact the police or the undercover charity Crimestoppers. Get in touch. If you have a conscience, come forward.”
Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Byrne of the Legacy Investigation Branch, said: “Mr McKenna was on his way to a quarry on Ballystockart Road, Comber when he was shot outside Comber at the junction of Hillhead Road and Ballystockart Road. Granted. His assailants appeared to be Department of Environment workers dressed in yellow coats and had been waiting in the area for several hours before the attack. Brandon was shot several times and later died in hospital. Broke.
“Brandon was an innocent victim of this sick sectarian attack. He was on his way to his daily work as a lorry driver when he was brutally murdered for reasons other than his religion.
“The terrorists fled in a blue Ford Escort car which was found burnt out on the Ballybane estate in Dundonald shortly after the attack.
“I am appealing to anyone who was in the Hillhead Road or Ballystockart Road area on the day of the attack who saw a number of men in yellow coats in the area. I am sure someone saw them. They would have seen or known who these people were before or after the attack. Did you see them in Ballybean Estate where they set the car on fire after the attack?
Detective Chief Inspector Byrne continued: “A number of people have been arrested and questioned in relation to this murder however, to date, no one has been charged with Brendan’s murder. I’m appealing to anyone who has not spoken to the police before, or who has any new information about what happened that day, whether as a witness or in person, to do so now. It’s not too late. Hey, now if anyone thinks they’re worth talking to us, we’re ready to listen.
“Many people were involved in Brandon’s murder. They know who they are and they will have to live with that for the rest of their lives. I would directly appeal to them to do the right thing and identify themselves to the police as Brandon. Make a difference in the family.
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Anyone with information can contact detectives at the Legacy Investigations Branch on 101 or on [email protected]
You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form at www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/