Plymouth shootings: Victim Lee Martyn ‘had kindest heart’ and three-year-old daughter Sophie was ‘beautiful’, says relative

A father who was killed along with his three-year-old daughter in the Plymouth shootings “would do anything for anybody”, his cousin has said.

Lee Martyn, 43, and his daughter Sophie were attacked by Jake Davison in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of the city on Thursday evening.

His cousin, Jess Morcom, paid tribute to them on Twitter.

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The journalist at PlymouthLive said Mr Martyn “had the kindest heart, would do anything for anybody,” and “you only had to take one look at him to see how much he loved and adored his family”.

“I was always so proud to be able to say you were my cousin,” she added. “The world is going to be a much darker place without you in it.”

In a tribute to Sophie, Ms Morcom said her family had been “truly blessed” to have “seen you grow into such a beautiful, funny and clever girl” over the three years of her life.

“My heart hurts so much thinking about how it should have been so many more. I will miss your cheekiness and your dancing the most.”

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Ms Morcom said she would think of the pair “every single day” for the rest of her life, adding: “Our family will never be the same.”

Many tributes for Mr Martyn and his daughter, including flowers, cuddly toys and candles, have been left at locations close to the scene in Keyham.

The gunman also killed his mother, Maxine Davison, also known as Maxine Chapman, 51, Stephen Washington, 59, and Kate Shepherd, 66.

During a service for the victims at a church close to the attack, Father David Way asked the congregation to pray for those killed, adding: “We pray also for peace for Jake.”

Mr Way, parish priest at St Thomas’ Church in Keyham, told the PA news agency: “Those people who have died, we have to keep those in our prayers, but also the loved ones which have been left behind.

“I’m hoping we can break any cycle of anger, as it were, and bring a cycle of love for everybody involved.”

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