Single coffin contains bodies of father and daughter Plymouth victims


The bodies of the father and daughter who were shot dead in the Plymouth massacre were carried out of a church in the same coffin today as mourners gathered for their funeral.

Three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father Lee Martyn, 43, were among the five victims shot dead by 22-year-old Jake Davison in a 12-minute attack on the evening of August 12 in the Devon city.

Their funeral was held at the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth this morning, and among the floral tributes next to the coffin was a blue and white football with the Everton FC badge. 

Davison killed his mother, Maxine Davison, 51, at her home in the Keyham area of Plymouth before going outside and shooting dead four others.

Mr Martyn and Sophie were killed in an attack witnessed by horrified onlookers as the father and adopted daughter walked their pet dog on Biddick Drive. 

A coffin carrying the bodies of both Sophie Martyn, 3, and her father Lee Martyn, 43, leaves a church in Plymouth today

A man carries a photograph of three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father Lee Martyn from the church in Plymouth today

A man carries a photograph of three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father Lee Martyn from the church in Plymouth today

The funeral of Lee Martyn, 43, and his three-year-old daughter Sophie at the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth today

The funeral of Lee Martyn, 43, and his three-year-old daughter Sophie at the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth today

Pall bearers carry the single coffin containing Lee Martyn, 43, and his three-year-old daughter Sophie today

Pall bearers carry the single coffin containing Lee Martyn, 43, and his three-year-old daughter Sophie today

The funeral of Lee Martyn, 43, and his daughter Sophie takes place at the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth today

The funeral of Lee Martyn, 43, and his daughter Sophie takes place at the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth today

Among the floral tributes next to the coffin today was a blue and white football with the Everton FC badge

Among the floral tributes next to the coffin today was a blue and white football with the Everton FC badge

People pay their respects as the cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth, Devon, this morning

People pay their respects as the cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth, Devon, this morning

The cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews today following the funeral of three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father

The cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews today following the funeral of three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father

Davison then shot Stephen Washington, 59, in a nearby park, before shooting Kate Shepherd, 66, on Henderson Place. He then turned the gun on himself before armed officers reached him.

Sophie had been pushing a toy pram up the street accompanied by Mr Martyn, when they fell victim to Davison’s killing spree. Mr Martyn was shot as he attempted to protect his daughter, it later emerged.

Both were taken to the nearby Derriford Hospital, where Mr Martyn’s wife Becky works as an intensive care nurse, but both were pronounced dead. It is not known if Mrs Martyn was working at the time.

The couple had adopted Sophie two years ago following 15 months of passing checks. Mr and Mrs Martyn also shared another son. 

The cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth today following the funeral of Sophie and her father Mr Martyn

The cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth today following the funeral of Sophie and her father Mr Martyn

People pay their respects as the cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth, Devon, this morning

People pay their respects as the cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth, Devon, this morning

The cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth today following the funeral of three-year-old Sophie and her father

The cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews in Plymouth today following the funeral of three-year-old Sophie and her father

The cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews today following the funeral today for two of the Plymouth massacre victims

The cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews today following the funeral today for two of the Plymouth massacre victims

Pall bearers carry the single coffin containing Lee Martyn, 43, and his three-year-old daughter Sophie this morning

Pall bearers carry the single coffin containing Lee Martyn, 43, and his three-year-old daughter Sophie this morning

The single coffin containing Lee Martyn, 43, and his three-year-old daughter Sophie, leaves the Church of St Andrews today

The single coffin containing Lee Martyn, 43, and his three-year-old daughter Sophie, leaves the Church of St Andrews today

The cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews today following the funeral for two of the victims of the Plymouth shootings

The cortege leaves the Church of St Andrews today following the funeral for two of the victims of the Plymouth shootings

The coffin is pictured today outside the church where the funeral was held for two of the Plymouth shooting victims

The coffin is pictured today outside the church where the funeral was held for two of the Plymouth shooting victims

Last month, Jess Morcom, a cousin of Mr Martyn, said the world would be a ‘much darker place’ without the pair.

She said: ‘I physically cannot believe I am writing these words and have re written this so many times struggling to find the right ones.

‘This is only something you hear about happening miles away from home, and you never ever think it will be your family.

‘When someone passes it’s often the norm to say how they were the world’s nicest person etc etc, but I really do mean it from the bottom of my heart when I say that that was Lee. 

Jake Davison, 22, killed five people in Plymouth, Devon, before turning the gun on himself

Jake Davison, 22, killed five people in Plymouth, Devon, before turning the gun on himself

Davison killed his mother Maxine Davison, 51, at a house at the start of his murderous rampage through Keyham, Plymouth

Davison killed his mother Maxine Davison, 51, at a house at the start of his murderous rampage through Keyham, Plymouth

Davison went into the street and shot dead Sophie Martyn, three, and her father, Lee Martyn, 43

Davison went into the street and shot dead Sophie Martyn, three, and her father, Lee Martyn, 43

Davison also shot and murdered dog walker Stephen Washington, 59

Davison also shot and murdered dog walker Stephen Washington, 59

Kate Shepherd, 66, was Davison's final victim and was shot dead near a hair salon in Plymouth

Kate Shepherd, 66, was Davison’s final victim and was shot dead near a hair salon in Plymouth

‘He 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, Bex and his children.

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

‘Beautiful little Soph my darling, how truly blessed we all were to have seen you grow into such a beautiful funny and clever girl for the three years that we had with you.

‘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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