image source, Reuters image caption Families of Ballymurphy's victims during murder investigation
Families of five of the Victims of the Ballymurphy murders in 1971 say they are shocked to learn that tissue and organ samples have been kept without their consent or knowledge.
They were taken during the first autopsies 50 years ago.
In May an investigation revealed that 10 people killed as a result of an operationn of the army were completely innocent .
Their families say this latest news has rekindled their pain.
The inquest examined the deaths in and around the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast in August 1971.
In a letter from the coroner's office six weeks after the verdict of the investigation, they were asked if they wanted the items taken during the autopsies returned or destroyed.
Anne Ferguson, thedaughter of victim John McKerr, discovered that her father's brain had been removed in 1971 and had since been destroyed.
"We were in cloud nine at the end of the investigation when we finished my father 's name, " she said.
"Now we "You wonder why we were lied to? Why did they take his brain? Why did they throw it away and keep the slides? That puts great doubt in my mind that we are being lied, there is a cover-up. "
image caption Briege's mother Voyle, Joan Connolly, was one of the victims
Joan Connolly's daughter Briege Voyle said the revelation brought new trauma.
"So he's got this 44-year-old mother of eight lying on a cold slab in a mortuary doing an autopsy on her, and he's doing what he has to do scientifically," he said.
"And then right after the fact 'Oh, I think I'll just take a piece of his heart '. Why?
In 2012, the Northern Ireland Police have audited all cases of retention of human tissue.
The families have been informed but not the five families of the victims of Ballymurphy.