Tributes paid to family of four who died 'from gunshot wounds' in West Sussex

TRIBUTES have been paid to a family of four who were found dead in West Sussex.

Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 2:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 2:57 pm

Police were called to a property in Duffield Lane, Woodmancote, near Westbourne in West Sussex on Sunday, March 29.

Inside officers found the bodies of 42-year-old Robert Needham, 40-year-old Kelly Fitzgibbons and their two children four-year-old Ava Needham and two-year-old Lexi Needham.

Sussex Police say it is believed to be an isolated incident and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders.

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Kelly Fitzgibbons, Ava and Lexi Needham. Picture: Sussex Police

The post-mortems took place on Thursday and Friday (2 and 3 April) and the provisional causes of deaths were recorded as injuries consistent with gunshot wounds.

The inquest into the deaths will open on April 8.

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Kelly’s sister, Emma, said: ‘Kelly was a wonderful and special person. She was kind, caring, funny and always smiling with an amazing love for life.

Robert Needham. Picture: Sussex Police

‘Kelly was a dedicated and loving mother and adored Rob and her two beautiful children. She had many friends and was devoted to her friends and family.

‘Kelly will be missed by so many people and has left a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.’

Robert’s family said: ‘Robert was a man with a loving, caring young family. He had a beautiful partner Kelly and daughters Ava and Lexi, who he cared for deeply and who cared for him.

‘He was a quiet and thoughtful son and brother as well, always there to help when he was needed. We are devastated and bewildered at this most difficult of times.’

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