The Victims: Cabbie's route to mass murder


The killer's twin brother is believed to have been the first victim. A mechanic and lorry driver, he lived at High Trees Farm, Lamplugh, where a neighbour said: "It is a dreadful shock. I had known David for years. He was a wonderful neighbour and the kindest man. He would do anything for anybody."


The 60-year-old solicitor was a well-known figure in Whitehaven, and highly respected in the business community, having founded his firm there and opting to continue working rather than taking retirement. He was killed on the driveway of his home in Frizington.

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Solicitor Tim Frost, who worked for him, said: "Kevin was a man committed to the service of the local community here in West Cumbria and beyond, and his passing will leave a massive void in the legal community in particular as well as the local area in which he had made his home for many years."

"He has been a prominent figure in the business community of this county and the respect and admiration in which he was held is testament to his hard work and dedication in the service of those in need.

"He was a staunch supporter of the criminal justice system and believed absolutely in the fair treatment of everyone in the eyes of the law regardless of their means or background.

"His friends, family and colleagues will need time to adjust to the horrific manner of his death and would ask that you respect their wishes for some privacy and time to grieve.

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"The business will continue to serve the community in which he lived and his best legacy is to build upon the work he started."


The taxi driver, who was in his 30s, was killed on the rank where he and Bird had worked together. Fellow cabbies described him as "a loveable rogue" with lots of friends.


Mrs Hughes, 57, was walking to her home in Egremont after going shopping when Bird killed her. She was a familiar face in the village, having lived there for many years. Mrs Hughes had two adult daughters, one a social worker, the other, who is severely disabled, living in an adapted bungalow near her own home.


Mr Fishburn, who was in his 70s, was killed as he walked his dog at The Bridge in Egremont. He was a retired security officer who had worked at the Sellafield nuclear plant and had lived in Egremont for many years.


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Mr Purdham, who was in his 30s and the father of two young children, was shot as he trimmed hedges in a field near Gosforth. A farmer's son, he played for Workington Town RFL. Club chairman David Bowden said: "Garry Purdham was quite simply a gentleman and a real pleasure to know."

His brother is Rob Purdham, captain of Harlequins, who has been capped for England.


Mr Dixon, who was in his 60s, was a part-time mole catcher. He was killed as he chatted to a farmer at the edge of a field between Haile and Egremont. Mr Dixon lived alone in a flat in Beckgreen, Egremont, where he moved about seven years ago. He had a girlfriend called

Pat. Neighbour Joan Ferguson said: "He helped everybody,

he was that sort of person. He was a gentleman.

"He did a lot for everybody, if anybody wanted him. He will be sadly missed."


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Mr Pike, 64, was killed a few hundreds yards from his home in Seascale as he set off on his regular morning cycle ride. He retired from Sellafield, where he was a trade union official, a year ago and lived in the village with his wife, Sheena, and son, Jason. His daughter, Jude Talbot, a special needs teacher in Slough, said: "Grandchildren on his knee, he loved them, he would play with them and spend time with them, sitting in his garden, simple pleasures really.

"This was his paradise, he was so happy here."


At 23, Mr Clark was the youngest victim. He was shot in Gosforth Road, Seascale, and crashed the car he was driving. It is unclear if the gunshot or the crash killed him.

Mr Clark worked for lettings firm Belvoir in Cockermouth, and had moved to Cumbria last year with fiancee Leanne Jarman for her to study at university.

Ms Jarman, 21, said: "He was not just my fiancee, but my closest friend.

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"He is my life, my world, my everything. Taken too soon, he gave so many people love and joy.

"He touched so many lives, but he did not realise how cherished he was. We are all truly devastated."

Mr Clark's parents Richard and Jane added: "Our darling son, Jamie, has been taken from us. Our lives will never be the same again. He was the most wonderful gentle, loving, considerate man."

Colleague Ryan Parker described Mr Clark, who worked in Cockermouth for lettings firm Belvoir, as "one of the nicest lads you could ever hope to meet".


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The retired couple in their 60s died in the hamlet of Wilton, where they had lived for many years.

They had a an adult son, Chris, who was working in the village, fitting a kitchen, and a daughter.

Mrs Jackson was killed as she went to buy a newspaper, and her husband, a former ambulance worker, was shot when he went out to look for her. One neighbour said of the couple: "There were none better."


Miss Robinson, who was in her 70s, was shot outside the home she shared with her twin sister, Barrie, in Seascale, as she set out to deliver shopping catalogues. She and her sister were familiar figures in the village, where they ran a bird sanctuary. A neighbour said: "You could not find two more gentle people than those sisters."

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