Mother of Cumbria gunman Derrick Bird in letters vow
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 and first victim David, the Rev Jim Marshall said 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.
"She is very, very determined about that."
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 candle-lit 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 after first killing his brother and family solicitor Kevin Commons, 60.
He went on to kill 10 others and finally, after a frantic police manhunt, he took his own life.
The family came together at St Michael's Church to pay their last respects to the twin brother he murdered.
Several hundred mourners were inside with scores forced to stand outside.