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Anguish of Hillsborough families continues

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Sarah and Vicki were among the 95 Liverpool fans killed following a crush at the FA Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough stadium.A 96th person, Tony Bland, died in 1993 of injuries sustained in the Hillsborough disaster.On Thursday, Sarah and Vicki's grief-stricken mother found it difficult to hold back her emotions after former police superintendent David Duckenfield was found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter in the deaths of Sarah and Vicki and 93 other fans."Whenever we've had disappointments in the past we've always had somewhere else to go," said Jenni Hicks."Today we haven't, we have nowhere else to take this. This is it — we're gonna have to live the rest of our lives with this injustice."At a press conference at the Cunard Building in Liverpool on Thursday, Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: "I blame a system that's so morally wrong within this country, that's a disgrace to this nation."When 96 people, they say 95, we say 96, are unlawfully killed and yet not one person is accountable. The question I'd like to ask all of you and people within the system is who put 96 people in their graves, who is accountable?"READ: David Duckenfield found not guilty of manslaughterREAD: Liverpool marks 30 years since Hillsborough disaster

'Frustrations'

Duckenfield, now 75, was the match commander on the day of the match and after hearing more than six weeks of evidence, a jury returned the not guilty verdict after nearly 14 hours of deliberation at Preston Crown Court.Duckenfield's solicitor, Ian Lewis, said the former superintendent was "relieved" to have been found not guilty by the jury."However, his thoughts and sympathies remain with the families of those who lost their loved ones," he said in statement. "He understands the public interest in this case, but would ask that his privacy and that of his family is respected, and will not be commenting further."Duckenfield was not charged in Tony Bland's death.This was the second time Duckenfield has faced trial over the disaster, which occurred at the home ground of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. A jury was unable to reach a verdict earlier in 2019. Liverpool Football Club, which has offered constant support to the families of the victims and their 30-year fight for justice, said it shares their "reactions and frustrations" following the verdict."Liverpool Football Club would like to commend the bereaved families, survivors and campaigners for the remarkable courage, dignity and resilience they have shown during the past three decades," the club said in a statement."We also reiterate that the inquests in April 2016 concluded that the behavior of Liverpool supporters did not cause or contribute to the Hillsborough disaster. We were disappointed that the allegations were raised again in this process."We have immense admiration for the Hillsborough families, survivors and campaigners for what they have achieved and our thoughts remain with them and those 96 Liverpool supporters who went to watch their team and never came home."The Liverpool Echo, the city's local newspaper, wrote on Friday: "Not guilty … but the ghosts of the 96 will always haunt Duckenfield."

'Gross negligence'

There have been a number of inquiries into the Hillsborough disaster, including the 1990 Taylor Report, the 2012 Hillsborough Independent Panel Report and the 2016 Hillsborough Inquest.The jury's findings at the 2016 Hillsborough inquest included:– The 96 Liverpool fans whoRead More – Source