Meir family want justice for Hillsborough victim Paul Murray
POLICE investigating the Hillsborough disaster questioned a mother over whether her 14-year-old son had been drinking – as she went to identify his body.
Sandon High School pupil Paul Murray was one of the 96 Liverpool supporters killed as a direct result of police failings during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough.
Documents made public for the first time this week unveiled the shocking extent of the police cover-up, revealing how officers altered files to shift the blame for the tragedy on to Liverpool fans.
Paul's parents, Tony, who went to the game with his son, and Edna Murray, of Meir, say the families of the victims have long suspected police of a cover-up.
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One of the shocking revelations to emerge was that blood samples were taken from every victim – including children like Paul and a 10-year-old boy – as police attempted to smear the supporters.
Mrs Murray, who is retired, said: "We knew right from the start that police were trying to shift the blame.
"I can't remember if I had just gone in to see Paul, or I was just about to.
"There were two police officers who asked me whether Tony would normally go for a drink before a game. They wanted to know everything about whether they went for a drink.
"At the inquest, the first thing they did was list the names and the blood alcohol content. My son's was nil, but why would they even test that?
"He was only just 14, he had his birthday three days before. The tickets were part of his birthday present. He was just so thrilled about it.
"Paul was very well loved. After he died people kept telling us things that we didn't know, like about him helping an old lady with her shopping."
Speaking to The Sentinel for the first time, Mr Murray, who took Paul to Hillsborough for the game, said: "Paul was great. He loved football and he was a Liverpool fan all his life.
"On the day, there was no organisation outside the ground.
"There wasn't any violence, just people trying to find out where to go.
"I was thinking, 'I'm going to get out, because it was getting a bit too much in the crowd'. Then the gate was opened and we walked in.
"No precautions had been taken to stop too many people getting through. We just walked in.
"Then the crowds just built up and built up. Paul got knocked over, I tried to pick him up, then I got knocked over. I was on the floor. That was the last time I saw him."
The couple were in Liverpool with other victims' families to hear the independent report on Hillsborough, which included the release of never-before-seen documents.
They are hoping the inquest into Paul's death – and other Hillsborough victims – which recorded a verdict of "accidental death" will be reopened.
They also want the people responsible for the cover up and the 'catalogue of failures' on the day itself, to be brought to justice.
Mrs Murray added: "We have still not got a death certificate for Paul. Tony refused to apply for it while it had that verdict. We found out later a lot of other families did the same."