Household converse of loss as first anniversary of Plymouth shootings approaches

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he household of one of many victims of the Keyham shootings have spoken of their loss as the primary anniversary of the tragedy approaches.

Stephen Washington, 59, was one among 5 individuals shot useless by Jake Davison on August 12 final 12 months in Plymouth, Devon.

The grandfather was the fourth sufferer in Davison’s capturing spree, gunned down in entrance of onlookers in a park within the Keyham space of town.

Grandfather Stephen Washington was shot useless by Jake Davison on August 12 final 12 months (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA) / PA Media

In a press release issued by Devon and Cornwall Police, his household mentioned: “We the Washington household want to say thanks to everybody for his or her variety help by way of the tragic occasions of August 12 2021.

“Our hearts and ideas are nonetheless with the opposite households and survivors as we transfer ahead in the direction of the inquest in January.

“We miss Stephen daily and we’re nonetheless struggling to return to phrases with the tragic occasions of that fateful day.

“The grandchildren miss him dreadfully as they miss his enjoyable and video games and tickle periods.

“We all know as a household we’ll help one another by way of. We ask to be left alone now by the media in order that we are able to concentrate on the inquest.

“As soon as once more, thanks for all the assistance and help given by everybody.”

Jake Davison, 22, killed his mom and 4 different individuals in Keyham final 12 months earlier than turning the gun on himself (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA) / PA Media

Davison, 22, killed his mom Maxine, 51, after a row after which shot useless 4 others, together with Mr Washington, in a 12-minute assault.

The opposite individuals who died have been three-year-old Sophie Martyn, her father, Lee, 43, and Kate Shepherd, 66.

The apprentice crane operator then turned the pump-action shotgun on himself earlier than armed officers reached him.

Plymouth will probably be marking the anniversary with a civic ceremony on the Minster Church of St Andrew and a vigil for the Keyham neighborhood in North Down Crescent Park.

The killings occurred weeks after the shotgun and licence had been returned to him by Devon and Cornwall Police. They’d been seized final 12 months after Davison assaulted two youngsters in a park.

The Unbiased Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating how the power permitted his utility after which later gave him again the licence and shotgun.

Within the wake of the shootings, the House Workplace introduced that the police would now need to test an individual’s medical historical past earlier than issuing a gun licence.

All firearms functions should be accompanied by a medical doc signed by a registered, practising physician.


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