Sophie Lancaster

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I am posting about this simply because it needs to be posted about, in my opinion. It needs to be remembered, at least for a moment.

Sophie Lancaster died at age 20, murdered for being unusual. My prayers and deepest condolences go out to her boyfriend and her family. I don’t know why this moves me so deeply beyond the obvious, but it does.

We are all targets. Nothing more to say.


The following is the news as reported on Sky.

Woman Dies After Park Attack

A 20-year-old woman attacked by a gang in a Lancashire park has died.

Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend were set upon while walking through Stubbylee Park in Bacup, UK on August 11.

Sophie Lancaster

Sophie Lancaster

They were both beaten up in a vicious assault.

Miss Lancaster was left in a coma with serious head and facial injuries and died this morning.

Her boyfriend Robert Maltby, 21, was also left in a coma with bleeding on the brain but has recovered.

He had been briefly let out of hospital on Wednesday to visit Miss Lancaster.

The pair, both from Bacup, have been described as “Goths” who usually dress in black and wear heavy face make-up.

It is understood the couple had been targeted in the past because of the way they dressed and looked.

Five male youths have been already been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Police said those charges would now be the subject of a review by detectives and the Crown Prosecution Service.

A 15-year-old and a 17-year-old have been remanded in custody, while two 15-year-olds and a 17-year-old were released on bail.

They were all due to appear before Burnley Youth Court on September 27.

Miss Lancaster’s parents, John and Sylvia, said: “We were proud to know our daughter. She was funny, kind, loving and brave.

“She was a beautiful girl with a social conscience and values which made her a joy to know.

“Not being able to see her blossom into her full potential or even to see her smile again is a tragedy beyond words.”

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4 Comments

  1. Sir,

    What a horrible story. I, likewise, send my deepest condolences and prayers to the families of both victims – and a hope that the people who did this will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    yrs,

    Puck

  2. You can post condolences on the online memoriam at:

    http://www.legacy.com/therossendalefreepress/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonID=93459606

  3. As with all other divergent lifestyles, so this.

    Several years ago, members of the Aryan Nation came into Spokane, discovering a twelve-year-old goth girl, and beat her very badly.

    The local cocmmunity lost their minds. For the next two weeks, one could not see a goth out at night without a long walking stick, a section of rebar, a baseball bat. They armed, in case they saw any Aryan Nation members again.

    It was tense. There were many incidents of violence. I can’t entirely blame them–four Nazi skinheads taking on a twelve-year-old kid? But it made things very grim that summer.

    The tragedy is that this is still going on. What did she do that was so terrible, other than wearing black?

    What did the West Memphis Three do to deserve being in jail for over a decade, other than wearing black?

    It’s terrifying. It really is.

  4. Never has an event touched me like this one. Even now, the disgust that I feel about what happened to Sophie and her boyfriend is there constantly. My daughter is a goth – it could have been so easily her. Rest in peace Sophie.


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