A HERO dad who bravely tried to shield his adopted three-year-old daughter from a gunman has been buried alongside her in a single coffin.
Lee Martyn, 43, and little Sophie were among five victims killed by loner incel Jake Davison during a 12-minute shooting spree in Plymouth, Devon.
Lee Martyn and his adopted daughter Sophie, three, were murdered by gunman Jake Davison[/caption]
Heartbreaking pictures show their white coffin adorned with multicolour flowers being carried out of St Andrew’s Church today following their funeral.
Lee tried to save Sophie as Davison carried out his attack on August 12 which left five dead – including his own mother Maxine – before he turned the gun on himself.
He had been walking home with his adopted daughter when Davison turned his sights on them and pulled the trigger.
An inquest opening at Plymouth Coroners’ Court last month heard how Lee’s cause of death was noted as shotgun wounds to the torso and head while Sophie’s was recorded as shotgun wound to the head.
Tributes flooded in for Toshiba worker Lee who, along with wife Becky, had adopted little Sophie around two years ago.
Lee had posted a picture on Facebook of the youngster, saying: “We finally adopted Sophie after nearly 15 months! Game changer.”
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A close pal of nearly 30 years said: “Lee was a brilliant friend and loved by a lot of people.
“He was a genuine, caring guy, an amazing husband and dad.
“Sophie was just a beautiful little girl, cheeky and full of life.
“What’s happened to them is the stuff of nightmares.”
Davison targeted his victims at random as he stalked suburban streets with his pump-action shotgun.
Minutes earlier, he had shot dead his 51-year-old mum Maxine in her home.
He then brought horror to the quiet streets — targeting four passers-by unfortunate enough to cross his path.
Sophie was just a beautiful little girl, cheeky and full of life. What’s happened to them is the stuff of nightmares.
Also among the dead was Stephen Washington, 59 — killed as he walked his two beloved huskies.
And Kate Shepherd, 66, was gunned down outside a hairdresser’s in nearby Henderson Place.
As well as the coroner’s investigation, two other inquiries are already under way into the shootings.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is examining the decision by the Devon and Cornwall force to return Davison’s shotgun certificate and weapon to him just weeks before the killings after they were seized following an allegation of assault.
The National Police Chiefs Council is also leading an investigation, in conjunction with the local police and crime commissioner, into the force’s firearms policies and procedures.
Meanwhile, the Government will be introducing new statutory guidance, including asking doctors to undertake medical checks on anyone applying for a licence, as well as inquiries into social media usage.
A funeral was held for Lee and Sophie at St Andrew’s Church, Plymouth[/caption]
Lee and wife Becky had adopted Sophie around two years ago[/caption]
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