Tributes from the gay community have been pouring for Fiona Bone and her colleague Nicola Hughes, the murdered police officers from Manchester.
Speaking to Gay Star News, Deputy Chief Executive of UK-based charity Stonewall Laura Doughty said: ‘Our thoughts and deep sympathy are with the families of both officers.
‘The news that PC Bone and her partner were planning their civil partnership is particularly tragic.’
PC Bone, gunned down in a gun and grenade attack along with her colleague Hughes after they answered a report of a burglary, was set to marry her partner Clare.
Suspected murderer Dale Cregan, 29, has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of killing the police officers in Mottram, Tameside on Tuesday (18 September).
The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) have also paid tribute to both police officers for their heroism.
‘The Lesbian & Gay Foundation would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of both PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone who were both exemplary officers with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) service and invaluable members of their local communities,’ a spokesman told GSN.
The LGF said the circumstances of the two officers deaths acted as a reminder of the ‘huge debt we owe our police men and woman’ who constantly put their lives in danger looking after the public’s safety and security.
They added: ‘With respect to PC Bone who was planning her Civil Partnership we must remember that there are many serving LGB police staff who play a crucial role in serving their local communities and we would like to honour them.
‘Our thoughts are with everyone at GMP and serving police officers everywhere. We are indebted to their bravery and they deserve our respect and support.’
Bone also leaves behind her daughter Jessie, and the 32-year-old police officer was described by her family as a woman who ‘enjoyed life to the full.’
Speaking of Bone’s wedding, her family said: ‘She was planning her marriage to Clare and this joy has been taken away from us.’
Messages of sympathy have also come in from Gay Star News readers, with one saying: ‘My heart was already broken over this, and the further details now emerging have made it worse. R.I.P. brave ladies.