Dad of Plymouth killer’s toddler victim made ‘ultimate sacrifice’ protecting her

The toddler victim of a brutal gunman was described as a “very cute little girl” who would join her mum for fitness sessions, a friend said.

43-year-old Lee Martyn and his three-year-old daughter Sophie were walking together in Keyham area of Plymouth when Jake Davison struck, shooting the pair dead.

Devoted dad Lee tried to shield the little girl that just two years earlier he proudly announced he had adopted as his own.

Family friend Dan Sobey, who co-runs a fitness business, remembers fondly how mum Becky used to bring the girl with "floppy red hair" to classes when she was only six months old.

Dan, 40, told the Sunday Mirror : “Lee made the ultimate sacrifice. It brings a lump to my throat talking about it.

“As a friend and neighbour, we have real sympathy for them.

“You can see from photos how much of a strong, lovely family they were.”

Dan recalled: “She was a very cute little girl, with floppy red hair, and turned into a lovely little toddler.

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“Someone else who used to train at the same gym as Becky told me they would see Sophie toddling around there too.”

The siblings Jake Davison are "heartbroken" and in "devastation" after their sibling killed five people including their mum Maxine.

A friend of Davison's sister reported she has relied on boyfriend Shane for emotional support in the wake of her late brother's cruel act, the Mail Online reports.

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The pal said: "She is heartbroken, her brother has not only shot and killed their mother but then taken his own life and if that isn't bad enough is responsible for killing four innocent people, including a little three-year-old girl.

Davison's older brother shared a moving tribute to his mum Maxine, changing his Facebook profile pic to a poignant image of him and his mum.

Maxine, 51, was Davison's first victim on Thursday night.

The shooter then murdered Lee and Sophie before killing Stephen Washington, 59, and 66-year-old Kate Shepherd.

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