Why we’ll never for­get lov­ing dad Lee

Fam­ily pay emo­tional trib­ute to gun­shot vic­tim

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THE fam­ily of Lee Holt have spo­ken of a “de­voted dad” who leaves a huge hole in their hearts.

Lee, 32, died on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 25 from a gun­shot wound after an in­ci­dent out­side a house on Barnard Close in Oswaldtwistle.

His loved ones are still bat­tling to come to terms with his trau­matic death, but this week fondly re­mem­bered the ‘funny’ and ‘out­go­ing’ dad-of-two.

Speak­ing on be­half of the whole fam­ily, his sis­ter Laura, 27, paid trib­ute to Lee.

She said: “Lee will be hugely missed and leaves a huge hole in ev­ery­body’s hearts.

“He was funny and bub­bly and out­go­ing. He was a de­voted dad.”

A life­long Black­burn Rovers fan, Lee, of Cedar Street, Ac­cring­ton, was a for­mer Hollins Tech­nol­ogy Col­lege pupil.

He had worked for Kays as a road marker for many years, hav­ing pre­vi­ous worked for North­ern Mark­ing. He was de­voted to his daugh­ters Ale­cia, 12, and Kiera Leigh, eight, and also thought the world of his nieces Darci, seven, and Ava, two.

Laura said: “Most of Lee’s free time was spent with his two girls. He en­joyed fish­ing lo­cally and play­ing snooker. He was a mem­ber of the Bold Street Work­ing Men’s Club where he was on the com­mit­tee.

“He also liked a pint with friends in the Pen­nine and Broad­way pubs.”

Last week trib­utes were paid to Lee’s “courage and strength” while neigh­bours and friends spoke of their shock at the death of a pal.

Laura has also spo­ken of their grat­i­tude at the com­mu­nity’s re­sponse to a fundrais­ing page launched to sup­port Lee’s fam­ily. So far £510 has been re­ceived in do­na­tions.

Laura added: “We would like to thank ev­ery­body who has con­trib­uted to the Gofundme page in mem­ory of Lee, and to give his girls a start in life when Lee won’t be able to.”

The son of Mar­i­lyn and Kevin, Lee was much loved brother of Laura and her part­ner Dave, trea­sured dad of Ale­cia and Kiera Leigh, loved part­ner of Kate and a de­voted un­cle of Darci and Ava.

A fu­neral ser­vice in cel­e­bra­tion of Lee’s life will be held at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium on Tues­day, Novem­ber 14, at 3pm.

Matthew Mose­ley, 49, of Barnard Close, Oswaldtwistle ap­peared at Pre­ston Crown Court on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2 ac­cused of Lee’s mur­der and was re­manded in cus­tody.

A 14-year-old boy from Oswaldtwistle ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der has been bailed to Novem­ber 22 by po­lice.

SEE Obit­u­ar­ies on p14.

Lee Holt’s sis­ter Laura Holt (right), her daugh­ter Ava Holt (left) and Lee’s mum Mar­i­lyn Holt (mid­dle). Lee (inset) died of a gun­shot wound in Oswaldtwistle.

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