News Europe

Saturday 25 November 2017

Gunman's sons pay tribute at his funeral

John Fahey

MASS killer Derrick Bird's sons paid tribute to him at his funeral, the final of 13 services held in just a week.

Friends and some relatives gathered to commemorate his life at Distington Crematorium, also the venue for funerals for several of Bird's victims.

Those attending included his sons Graeme and Jamie Bird, their mother Linda Mills and their uncle Brian Bird.

Other family members stayed away, including his nieces Rachel (28), Tracey (26) and Katie (19).

Their father David -- Bird's twin brother -- was his first victim in his shooting rampage across Cumbria, England on June 2.

At tonight's funeral, family friend Brian Spencer read a statement on behalf of Graeme (28) and Jamie (16).

He said: "Derrick was many things to many people. But to us he was just dad. To us he was a loving and caring family man.

"He was well known and well respected in our local community. We will never understand what was going on in his mind on Wednesday, June 2. Or why he killed and injured so many people.

"All we can say is that we are utterly devastated by his actions and deeply saddened by the legacy of pain he has left behind. Our love, thoughts and sympathies are with all the families that are suffering at this time.

"We will miss our dad greatly and hope that we, along with all the other families who have been impacted by this crime, can somehow move on and begin to rebuild our lives."

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editors Choice

Also in World News