Families pay tributes while continuing to mourn

ACROSS Cumbria yesterday, the families of the victims paid tribute to their loved ones while continuing to mourn their losses.

Massacre victim Susan Hughes was a "proud" and "irreplaceable" mother who dedicated herself to her severely disabled daughter, said her family and friends.

A statement from her family said: "Susan was a proud and determined mother of two daughters. She is completely irreplaceable to her family and friends."

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The heartbroken fiance of victim Jamie Clark described the estate agent as "my life, my world, my everything".

Mr Clark, who lived in Carlisle, was discovered in his car on the A5083, and it was unclear whether it was one of Bird's bullets which killed him or the resulting crash.

Mr Clark's fiance, Lianne Jarman, 21, also of Carlisle, said: "He was not just my fiance, but my closest friend."

His employers in Cockermouth, Colin Belton and Pamela Schure, said in a statement it was "difficult to put into words the profound sense of shock and loss" the company and its employees were feeling.

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Ms Jarman is at university and the couple had only moved to Cumbria last year.

In Whitehaven, floral tributes were left to a taxi driver who was gunned down.

Eight members of Darren Rewcastle's family – including young children – laid flowers at the spot where he died. Each was accompanied by several handwritten cards and notes from his family.

One note, from his parents, simply said: "To our darling son Darren.

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"Sleep tight son, no one can hurt you now. We love and miss you so much.

"Nana will be looking after you now. Love you forever..."

The brother of part-time mole catcher Isaac Dixon said he used to like to go on long walks, even taking other people's dogs out, and was thought to have been doing a favour for a local farmer at the time of his death.

Mr Dixon, 65, who retired from Sellafield about 10 years ago, was the second youngest of three boys and two girls, only three of whom survive.

Thomas Dixon said: "He would help anyone who asked him."

Mr Dixon was also mourned at Egremont Conservative Club, where the Union flag flew at half-staff. As vice-chairman, he also organised regular country-and-western nights.

Another club regular Kenneth Fishburn was also mourned by members.

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