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"We are utterly devastated about the death of our father Derrick Bird. To us, he was the nicest man you could ever meet. He was a loving dad and recently became a grandfather.
"We would like to say that we do not know why our dad committed these horrific crimes. We are both mortified by these sad events. "Dad was a loving and cheerful character and was well-known throughout the local community and in the areas where he worked. He will be missed by us, his family and friends.
"We would ask that we be allowed to mourn the loss of our father. We would also like to send our condolences to all the other families and people involved in this tragic incident. Our thoughts are with them."
"My family and I are extremely saddened by the events on Wednesday. The loss of both my brothers is devastating. "They were both very caring, family people. They were well-known and respected in their local communities.
"My family and I are saddened at the loss of life and woundings and can only offer our condolences to the families concerned. "We appreciate what they are suffering at this time. We cannot offer any reason why Derrick took it upon himself to commit these crimes. We are in shock and dismay."
That happened three years before, not weeks before.
Originally posted by woogleuk
It turns out that only a matter of weeks before the incident he was driving a couple of lads up to Moor Row and they jumped taxi, Derrick gave chase and he ended up getting a severe beating. They broke his teeth and fractured his skull amongst other things.