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Plymouth falls silent to remember five people killed in mass shooting

A one-minute silence has been held in Plymouth to remember those killed in last week’s mass shooting.

Following the silence, a bell was rung five times – once for each life lost.

Maxine Davison, 51, Kate Shepherd, 66, Stephen Washington, 59, Lee Martyn, 43, and his three-year-old daughter Sophie were shot dead in Keyham on Thursday by 22-year-old Jake Davison, who then turned the gun on himself.

Among those who died, was a three-year-old girl
Image: Among those killed was a three-year-old girl

People across the UK were invited by the city council to observe the silence at 11am.

In Plymouth, people gathered outside the city’s Guildhall.

Churches across Devon held vigils on Sunday night for the victims.

Yesterday, the widow of Mr Washington paid tribute to her “soulmate”.

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People gathered outside the Plymouth Guildhall
Image: People gathered outside the Plymouth Guildhall
Plymouth residents observed a silence to remember those who died
Image: Plymouth residents observed a silence to remember those who died

Sheila Washington said: “Stephen was a devoted family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather and best friend.

“Since the devastating events a couple of days ago, our world has been turned upside down in the blink of an eye and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.”

The cousin of Mr Martyn described him as having “the kindest heart, and would do anything for anybody“.

Tributes have been left to the victims
Image: Tributes have been left to the victims
A bell was rung five times to remember each person who died
Image: A bell was rung five times to remember each person who died

Jess Morcom, a journalist at PlymouthLive said “you only had to take one look at him to see how much he loved and adored his family”.

Witnesses told police Davison turned the weapon – described as a pump-action shotgun – on himself before armed officers could engage him.

The police watchdog will now investigate the Devon and Cornwall force over the gunman’s possession of a shotgun and shotgun certificate.

People across the UK were invited to observe the silence
Image: People across the UK were invited to observe the silence
Lee and Sophie Martyn died in the shooting
Image: Lee and Sophie Martyn died in the shooting

The police face scrutiny over their decision to return the firearm to Davison after it was removed from his last December, following allegations of an assault.

It is not yet known if this particular weapon was the one used in the attack.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described it an “absolutely appalling incident” amid calls for the issue to be properly investigated.

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