Friday 24 November 2017

Gunman's mum will write to his victims' families

John Fahey

The mother of crazed killer Derrick Bird plans to write to the families of those gunned down by her son.

As the Bird family gathered at the funeral of Bird's twin, David, yesterday, the Rev Jim Marshall said their mother Mary planned to write letters of condolence to the families of the dead.

He told the mourners: "She said she'd been thinking it over and asked me to help compose letters to every one of the families who were bereaved."

The twins' mother (87) could not attend the service as she is in hospital and described as "frail".

But a duplicate service was arranged at her candlelit bedside at Cockermouth Hospital with her following the order of service at the same time as the funeral in Lamplugh.

Almost two weeks ago, Bird (52) flipped and went on a shooting spree. He killed his brother and family solicitor, Kevin Commons (60), first and then went on to kill 10 others. After a frantic police manhunt, he took his own life.

The twins' grief-stricken elder brother Brian was supported in church by David's estranged wife Susan and her three children, Rachel (28), Tracy (26) and Katie (19).

The gunman's family was also represented by his eldest son Graeme (28) and his wife Victoria.

Those who could not attend included Bird's youngest son Jamie (16) and the mother of his children, Linda Mills. Both were described by Mr Marshall as being too upset.

Irish Independent

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