Sadly, Gladys passed away in March 2019. She had been suffering from cancer. Her son, Steven, agreed that her interview should be included in Stories from Silence as a tribute to her, as well as to his late father.
David Shiels was killed by the IRA outside the caravan in which he lived with his wife, Gladys, and their 4 week old baby son, Steven, near Maghera, Co Derry. David was 30. The couple were saving up to buy a house. When David stepped outside, gunmen shot him and raked the caravan with gunfire. Gladys was slightly injured but the baby was unhurt. The IRA issued what it called a “profound” apology a week after the murder claiming it had been given erroneous information that David was in the security forces.