Tragic tribute to gun massacre victims

Bobby Turnbull's tattoo paying tribute to his mum, sister and aunt. Below, Bobby with his mum Alison
Bobby Turnbull's tattoo paying tribute to his mum, sister and aunt. Below, Bobby with his mum Alison
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GRIEVING Bobby Turnbull has three angels tattooed on his back to remember the loved ones he lost in a shotgun massacre.

Bobby lost his mum, sister and aunt when taxi-driver Michael Atherton went on a rampage on New Year’s Day in 
Horden.

Dated: 20/05/2012'Alison Turnbull,  who was one of four people who were shot dead when her stepbrother Michael Atherton went on a rampage with a legally-owned gun. Alison's son Bobby, 23, has now launched a petition to change gun licensing procedures.'Pictured with Bobby.'See story North News' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Dated: 20/05/2012'Alison Turnbull, who was one of four people who were shot dead when her stepbrother Michael Atherton went on a rampage with a legally-owned gun. Alison's son Bobby, 23, has now launched a petition to change gun licensing procedures.'Pictured with Bobby.'See story North News' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

The intricate angels represent the 23-year-old’s mum, Alison, 44, his sister Tanya, 24, and his aunt Susan McGoldrick, 47.

The words “Too Well Loved to Ever Be Forgotten” sit at the bottom of Bobby’s back, which were taken from the girls’ headstone.

A lily and a yellow rose – his mum and aunt’s favourite flowers – have also been inked next to a butterfly for Tanya on the tattoo.

Bobby, of Blackhall, said: “They were my three angels and now I have them on my back.

“Every day I can look in the mirror and I see the tattoo 
and it will remind me of 
them.”

Bobby’s tattoo, which he designed himself, has taken artists at tattoo studios Lucky 777, in Seaham, and Gecko Images, in Easington, eight months to complete.

He said: “Nothing is going to bring the girls back but I wanted to do something in their memory.”

Bobby Turnbull’s family launched a petition to change gun licensing laws, which has been backed by Easington MP Grahame Morris.

The campaign calls for better co-operation between police and health professionals and asks for individuals with a criminal past, history of mental instability or domestic violence to be identified.

Atherton threatened to shoot himself in 2008, but his guns were only temporarily confiscated by police.

To add your name to the gun licensing petition click this link