No family rift behind British massacre: victim's daughters
The daughters of the murdered twin brother of the British taxi driver who shot dead 12 people denied Thursday that a family rift had been behind the massacre.
The daughters of 52-year-old David Bird, believed to be the first victim of his brother Derrick in Wednesday's killing spree in the Lake District, said they were "utterly devastated".
Rachel, 28, along with her sisters Tracey, 26, and Katie, 19, issued a statement through police describing their father as a "loving character" whose "only downfall" had been "to try and help his brother."
The daughters' statement said: "We are utterly devastated about the death of our dad. He was the nicest man you could ever meet.
"He was a loving husband and doting Dad and Granda. We would like to take this opportunity to say there was absolutely no family feud.
"Our Dad's only downfall was to try and help his brother. Dad was a loving and cheerful character and was well known throughout the village.
"He will not only be missed by us, but by the whole community. Love you forever. Sleep well. xxx"
According to reports, Derrick Bird may have gone on the rampage because of a feud between the brothers over their ageing mother Mary's will.
Police have confirmed that the family's solicitor, 60-year-old Kevin Commons, was also among the victims.
The alarm was first raised when the gunman shot three of his fellow cabbies at a taxi rank in the town of Whitehaven, killing one, before driving around the picturesque area, gunning people down over a three-hour period.
The rampage ended when Bird shot himself in a wooded area as armed police closed in on him.
© 2010 AFP