The family of Michael Atherton have released a statement following an inquest into the Horden shootings.
The statement was read out by Detective Sergeant Dave Wilkes of Durham Constabulary.
The coroner has ruled that the deaths of three members of the same family, and their shooter, could have been avoided.
An inquest has heard how a man who went on to kill three members of his family before turning the gun on himself had been warned by police.
The inquest into the deaths of a man who shot himself and three members of his family on New Years Day 2012 has been taking place today.