THREE women gunned down by a relative will be remembered during a memorial night next month.
It will be the first chance the family and friends of Susan McGoldrick, 47, Alison Turnbull, 44, and Tanya Turnbull, 24, have had to get together and share memories of the women since they were shot dead by Susan’s partner, Michael Atherton, 42, in Horden on New Year’s Day last year.
Alison’s son Bobby, 24, says family members have tried to arrange a memorial night before, but it has been called off because feelings were too raw.
He said: “We have put it off a couple of times.
“It was supposed to be after March’s inquest, but the family didn’t feel like going through with it.
“It will be emotional, as people in the family will be giving speeches about the girls.”
Bobby, from Blackhall, said it is now time to relive the good memories of his mum, sister and aunt.
He wants their old classmates to attend.
Alison’s partner, David Rowe, is organising the night. It will start at 6pm on Saturday, October 26, at Horden Social Welfare Centre in Seventh Street, and the venue will be decorated with balloons in the girls’ favourite colours.
There will be a raffle, music from local band Central Park, a comedian and an auction with prizes including signed Sunderland shirts.
Money raised will go towards the homicide department of Victim Support.
Tickets are £5 from Bobby and other relatives, who can be contacted via Facebook.