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'Heartbroken' family share tribute to father killed in Barnstaple

Lee Turner's family have shared this photo of him with his son. Credit: Family photo

The family of Lee Turner say he will be 'desperately missed', after he was killed in Barnstaple earlier this month.

The 39-year-old died as a result of stab wounds after an incident on Friday 3 August at the Barnstaple Retail Park.

In a joint tribute between the Hamilton and Turner families say:

It is with a heavy, solemn and collective heart that we acknowledge and announce the death of Lee Richard Turner.

Lee was a grandson, son, father, brother, friend and known by many. We, as his family, are all heartbroken and struggling to comprehend his untimely death.

We take enormous comfort in the many positive stories we've received from his friends in Barnstaple, and the many people whose lives he has touched.

He will be desperately missed.

– Family tribute

The young father's funeral is due to be held in Bristol and the family are fundraising to give him a 'fitting and poignant sendoff.'

Police at guarding the crime scene at the Barnstaple Retail Park on August 3. Credit: ITV West Country

Devon and Cornwall Police say 50-year-old Kevin Gale, also known as Kevin Maloney from Barnstaple, was charged with murder and appeared before Exeter Magistrate’s Court on Monday 6 August.