Monday, March 15, 1999 Published at 20:35 GMT
Another victim of Drumcree?
Rosemary Nelson: Said Drumcree had damaged Portadown relations
Northern Ireland solicitor Rosemary Nelson was well known for representing several leading nationalist causes in the mid-Ulster area.
The solicitor's work with the residents of the nationalist Garvaghy Road in Portadown attracted her the most attention.
The row over the Orange Order's traditional route from Drumcree church down the Garvaghy Road has gone on for the best part of a year.
Last July's march was banned by the government-appointed Parades Commission.
The decision led to a long-running stand-off between Orangemen and security forces at the church, and widespread disorder across the province.
On the morning of her death the Irish News quoted her as saying the affair had left community relations in Portadown in tatters.
If Mrs Nelson's death is eventually linked to the Drumcree stand-off, she will not be its first victim.
Days after the march's traditional date, three young brothers died in Ballymoney, County Antrim, when a firebomb was thrown through their window.
Among her clients was Colin Duffy, who was accused of the murders of two policemen in the town in June 1997, before charges were dropped.
He was previously charged with the Lurgan murder of former Ulster Defence Regiment soldier John Lyness but was freed on appeal.
Mrs Nelson also represented the family of Robert Hamill, a Catholic beaten to death by loyalists in Portadown town centre in 1997.
And she recently joined lawyers expressing concern about alleged security force collusion in the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane.
He was shot dead at his north Belfast home in 1989 by the loyalist Ulster Freedom Fighters although security force collusion has been alleged.
Harassment and threats
Mrs Nelson had herself complained of security force harassment on several occasions.
Sinn Fein said she was aware of a threat to her life and that there had been a high-level security force presence in her local area in recent days.
But Pat Vernon, a solicitor who works for Mrs Nelson's practice, was unaware of any specific threat.
"I'm absolutely devastated," he said. "I'm disgusted any human being could do this to another."
Mrs Nelson was a graduate of Queen's University in Belfast and believed to be in her late 30s.
She was married to Paul, an accountant, and had three children, including two boys aged 13 and 11 who are thought to be abroad on a skiing trip.
Their eight-year-old daughter Sarah was at Tannaghmore primary school, within audible distance of the explosion that killed her mother on Monday lunchtime.
Mrs Nelson is thought to have spent the weekend in County Donegal with her husband and it is understood her car had stood unattended outside her home.