11 May 2006

Teens charged with murdering boy


Michael McIlveen died after being attacked in Ballymena

Five teenagers including a 15-year-old juvenile have been charged with the murder of a Ballymena schoolboy at the weekend.

They are expected to appear at the town's magistrates court on Thursday, a police spokesman said.

Two other juveniles were arrested on Wednesday evening and are being questioned by police.

Michael McIlveen, 15, died on Monday after a gang attacked him in the town in the early hours of Sunday.

Family and friends held a vigil outside his home on Wednesday evening.

Candles were lit in the vigil for Michael McIlveen

Flowers were laid and candles were lit while music played at the front of his home in the Dunvale area.

The teenager was attacked after buying a pizza in the early hours of Sunday.

Michael was a pupil at St Patrick's College in Ballymena which held a special assembly on Tuesday morning.

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