Sad return of Hillsborough victim’s sister

Pictured is Donna Miller making an emotional return to Hillsborough for the 24th Anniversary of the disaster in which her brother Paul Carlile was killed
Pictured is Donna Miller making an emotional return to Hillsborough for the 24th Anniversary of the disaster in which her brother Paul Carlile was killed
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A heartbroken sister made an emotional pilgrimage to the point where her dying brother was carried out of Hillsborough Stadium during the 1989 disaster.

With just over a week until the date and timings for new inquests for victims are set, Donna Miller, aged 46, spoke of her fresh hope for justice for brother Paul Carlile on the anniversary of his death.

Hillsborough Disaster 24th Anniversary Service at Hillsborough...Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric  lays a wreath on behalf of the club

Hillsborough Disaster 24th Anniversary Service at Hillsborough...Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric lays a wreath on behalf of the club

Liverpool lad Paul was just 19 when he was caught in the crush.

His older sister travelled from the family home in Kirkby to lay a photo and a wreath outside Gate C, where fans carried him out of Hillsborough – 24 years to the day he lost his life.

Donna said she was shocked by the contrast between the solidarity of thousands at Anfield at the weekend, and the sombre atmosphere in Sheffield where the tragedy happened.

She said: “Every year Anfield is packed but it feels so quiet here.

“There are a lot of victims’ families who would never set foot in Sheffield after the inquests, but I want people to walk past that picture of my brother and look at it.”

This year’s anniversary was particularly poignant for Donna, as the High Court quashed the original ‘accidental death’ verdicts reached in Sheffield following the publication of last year’s independent panel report.

The preliminary hearing for the first of the 96 Hillsborough victims takes place on April 25.

“We hope it will answer some of our questions,” said Donna.