Daughter’s tribute to massacre mum

Laura McGoldrick
Laura McGoldrick

A HEARTBROKEN teenager has paid tribute to her “beautiful and gorgeous mam” who she saw gunned down in a New Year’s Day bloodbath.

Laura McGoldrick fled as her step-dad went on a late-night killing spree in their family home in Greenside Avenue, Horden, leaving three people dead and then turning a shotgun on himself.

Among the bodies found in the semi-detached house by armed officers was that of Laura’s mum, Susan McGoldrick, 47.

Laura, 19, has now issued a statement through Durham Constabulary paying tribute to her mum along with her aunty Alison Turnbull, 44, and cousin, Tanya Turnbull, 24, who were also killed in the massacre.

Laura, 19, said: “As you can imagine, this week has been extremely traumatic and upsetting, not only have I have suffered the loss of my fantastic mam and a lovely aunty and cousin, I have been involved in a very frightening situation.

“I would like to say a few words about my mam and what she meant to me: To my beautiful and gorgeous mam, I love you with everything I have got. Words cannot describe how much I miss you. See you in heaven.”

She added that it was important that she and her family are left in peace to grieve their loss and to comfort one another.

The 19-year-old had fled the gunfire by scrambling out of an upstairs window with her boyfriend after she suffered minor shotgun wounds to her wrist and shoulder.

Laura was in the kitchen as Atherton opened fire on her mother Susan McGoldrick and she was hit with spray from the shotgun pellets that killed her mum.

Ms McGoldrick was shot dead in the kitchen by her partner Michael Atherton, 42, just minutes before midnight on Sunday after a “minor” row.

• READ Friday and Saturday’s Mail for further details of the ongoing investigation.