Mum tells of girl shooting horror
An anguished mother tonight spoke of the horrifying moment she saw her estranged partner shoot dead their seven-year-old daughter on her doorstep.
Lyndsey Shipstone told how Mary was shot in the head by Yasser Alromisse as she and her daughter returned home from school clutching her violin.
Alromisse then apparently killed himself outside the house in Northiam, near Rye, East Sussex, on September 11 - seven days before Mary's eighth birthday.
In a harrowing account, Ms Shipstone said she picked injured Mary up and rushed her to a neighbour's home to try to revive her but it was to prove in vain.
Speaking publicly for the first time, she said: "It was just an ordinary day. Mary had come home from school. She was holding her violin.
"We walked to the house. There was nothing extraordinary. We'd just picked up one of the local cats that waited for her.
"It waited for her every day when she came home from school. We were holding her and just walking down the path and were going to give her some food, like we did every day.
"And as soon as I put the front door key in there was a terrible bang behind me and I turned round and Mary was on the ground.
"I saw her father with the gun in his hand pointing at Mary's head and he fired a second time, and then he retreated into the car and I just dropped down to Mary and dragged her round the front of the house away from the car.
"And I was screaming for help and I was telling neighbours who were calling the police that he had a gun and Mary had been shot.
"And I realised I had to get her away."
Ms Shipstone said she could not fathom Alromisse's motivation and was "taking each day as it comes".
She also revealed her daughter has given the gift of life to five other children, including two babies, after donating her organs.
She said: "It was important to allow Mary to make that gift of her organs because she was such a healthy girl.
"She'd never been sick in that way. I thought it would be a way of Mary living on in these children in some small way. It was a great comfort to know that other children would survive through losing Mary."
A memorial fund has now been set up to remember "lively, intelligent" Mary whose eighth birthday was marked last week by her family with a cake and a candle.
Ms Shipstone spoke as new pictures were released, showing Mary open-mouthed as she unwrapped her Christmas presents, at a Pirates' Day event and being baptised.
Tragedy unfolded when Alromisse gunned down Mary from a car parked on a driveway next to her home before apparently killing himself.
Mary was left in a life-threatening condition following the shooting and the youngster, who lived with Ms Shipstone and her brother, died from her injuries the following day at King's College Hospital, London.
Ms Shipstone said: "You can't describe the horror that I've felt losing my precious daughter. I'd hoped that she would survive, even if she'd been disabled I would've cared for her for the rest of her life.
"But it wasn't to be."
Despite the horror, she said it was a "great comfort" to be with her daughter in her final moments.