Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Services to mark massacre victims

Services to remember the victims of Derrick Bird's murderous rampage will be held

The people of the community scarred by Derrick Bird's murderous rampage are to come together to remember the dead.

Services will be held on Sunday as west Cumbria comes to terms with the gun rampage which left 12 dead.

It comes after new details of an apparent lucky escape emerged. Neighbours of Jason Carey said Bird, 52, banged on his door after killing other friends and family he apparently held grudges against.

But Mr Carey, who lives in the sleepy hamlet of Wilton, was still in bed and failed to answer his door.

His neighbours believe Mr Carey - a scuba teacher at the club Bird attended - had a lucky escape. One said: "He knew him from the scuba club and they'd had some sort of dispute. He'd been on the late shift and didn't get up in time to answer the door. Birdy left and went along the road shooting at the others."

An open air service will take place at Seascale where Bird killed Michael Pike, 64, Jane Robinson, 66, and Jamie Clark, 23. In nearby Gosforth he blasted Garry Purdham, 31.

On Sunday evening, another service will take place at St Nicholas' Church in Whitehaven, where cabbie Darren Rewcastle died.

On Saturday police said they had seized reams of paperwork and a computer from Bird's home and were scanning the documents for clues on why he snapped. But because Bird apparently left no suicide note or hit list, investigators remain in the dark about why the father-of-two embarked on the frenzied killing spree.

Police have confirmed the self-employed cabbie was the subject of an Inland Revenue investigation and friends say he feared going to jail over a mystery £60,000 in his bank account. His father Joe's will revealed his twin brother David had received a £25,000 payout but he had been ignored.

David was Bird's first victim - blasted to death in the early hours of Wednesday. The other victims were Kevin Commons, 60, Kenneth Fishburn, 71, Susan Hughes, 57, James Jackson, 67, Jennifer Jackson, 68, Isaac Dixon, 65.

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