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Moving tribute to gunman Derrick Bird’s youngest victim

Over 120 mourners packed a town crematorium yesterday for the funeral of the youngest victim of gunman Derrick Bird.

Jamie Clark (23) was one of 12 people who died after the taxi driver's shooting spree in west Cumbria on June 2.

Mr Clark, an estate agent of St Pierre Avenue, Carlisle, was driving through Seascale on his way back from a viewing when Bird opened fire on him Mourners flocked to a private service at the Vale Crematorium in Luton, Bedfordshire, at noon yesterday.

They included Mr Clark's parents Richard and Jane (56 and 51), from Northall, near Leighton Buzzard, Beds, and older brother Andrew (26).

Andrew and Jamie's best friend, Ashley, were among those carrying the wicker coffin decorated with flowers.

Speaking ahead of the service, Mr Clark's fiancee Leanne Jarman revealed that she was in one of the villages where Bird killed two other people.

The 21-year-old said she was bundled into a cafe in Egremont by a police officer just half an hour before her future husband became Bird's youngest victim.

She heard the shot that killed Susan Hughes, and was trying to call Mr Clark, who she had been with for four and a half years, when Kenneth Fishburn was also killed.

Teaching student Miss Jarman, from Carlisle, was working as a summer temp for Belvoir, the lettings firm that had employed Mr Clark for the past two years.

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