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Murray remembers Dunblane deaths

Andy Murray
Andy Murray rarely talks about the shootings

Tennis star Andy Murray has spoken about how he attended boys' clubs run by Dunblane gunman Thomas Hamilton.

Murray, who was brought up in Dunblane, admitted that he has struggled to cope with the thought that he could have been one of Hamilton's victims.

Murray was an eight-year-old pupil at Dunblane Primary School when 16 primary one pupils and their teacher were shot dead on March 13, 1996.

The star talks about the event in his autobiography, published on Thursday.

'Couldn't cope'

Murray, who has rarely spoken in the past about the shootings, said: "Some of my friends' brothers and sisters were killed. I have only retained patch impressions of that day, such as being in a classroom singing songs.

"The weirdest thing was that we knew the guy (Hamilton). He had been in my mum's car. It's obviously weird to think you had a murderer in your car, sitting next to your mum.

"That is probably another reason why I don't want to look back at it. It is just so uncomfortable to think that it was someone we knew from the Boys Club. We used to go to the club and have fun.

"Then to find out he's a murderer was something my brain couldn't cope with."

He added: "I could have been one of those children."

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