Belfast Today He didn't deserve to die THE devastated family of Ballymena teenager Michael McIlveen spoke yesterday about how his murder has turned their lives upside down. The 15-year-old's mother Gina described Michael as being "popular" with both Protestants and Catholics. "He was a good lad, everybody loved him and he was always the centre of attraction," she said. "I feel so hurt and I wouldn't like to see anyone going through what our child went through." She said she couldn't understand how he had been attacked in such a brutal way. "I just can't understand this at all he didn't deserve it," she said. Gina told UTV how Michael returned home in a "terrible state" in the early hours of Sunday he had been set upon and attacked with a baseball bat in an alleyway shortly after buying a pizza. Despite suffering horrific injuries he managed to walk home. "He was in a real bad state but at that stage I never knew anything about the injuries at the back of the head," Gina said. The funeral was today and I just watched a report about it. The police are questioning suspects apparently. What's interesting is that the two sides of the community have come together over this, people had Celtic tops with his name on them at the funeral, and there were people with Rangers tops too. If this tragic and brutal murder has brought the community together, then that's something positive at least.