THE devastated family of Atherton’s three shotgun victims say they have been left “shocked and shattered” by their deaths.
The family of Susan McGoldrick, her sister Alison Turnbull and neice Tanya Turnbull, a former Hartlepool College of Further Education student, have spoken after their tragic deaths on New Year’s Day.
Tanya, 24, has been described as “an amazing daughter, partner and sister”, while Susan and Alison have been described as much loved mothers and sisters.
The family statement read: “We as a family would like to take this opportunity to express our devastation at the loss we have suffered following the tragic events of Sunday evening and would like to pay individual tributes to each of our much-loved family members whom we have lost.
“Tanya was the most amazing daughter, partner and sister you could ever wish for.
“She was a popular, funny and a gorgeous girl with her whole life ahead of her, and we idolised her. Tanya and her boyfriend Michael were in the process of preparing for their life together and had plans to buy their first home. It was an exciting time for Tanya and she was always smiling and happy.
“This horrific loss is still sinking in and, as we are sure you can appreciate, we are devastated to lose Tanya in such tragic circumstances.
“Alison was a fantastic mother, sister and partner who was always there for her family and friends when we needed her. She was a fantastic mam to her son Bobby and daughter Tanya, always so caring and loving. Alison worked locally in Peterlee and loved nothing more than spending time with her family and loved ones. We are destroyed by the loss of Alison and struggling to come to terms with her death.
“Susan was a much-loved sister, who was adored by both family and friends.
“She was particularly close to her sisters and loved spending time with them.
“She was so caring and all that mattered to her was her family. We are shocked and shattered by what’s happened.
“Susan loved her job in a local supermarket where she was held in high regard; she was very easy going and was always laughing and joking.”
The family statement added: “We would also like to offer our heartfelt condolences to young Michael and Laura, who we know will be devastated by their loss.
“It’s extremely important to us as a family that we are left in peace to grieve our loss and begin to recover from this.”