Hundreds of mourners pay respects to Turkey gun victim Anne Bury (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Service held at Middlesbrough Cathedral
A FORMER midwife shot dead in her Turkish holiday home was remembered by hundreds of mourners at the weekend.
The funeral of Anne Bury, of Swainby, near Stokesley, North Yorkshire, was held at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The 56-year-old mother suffered fatal gunshot wounds in the attack at her holiday home in Dalyan, which is on the south coast of Turkey, on September 9, just after celebrating her birthday.
Her elderly mother Celia, 87, of Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough and son Alex, 24, of Swainby, also suffered gunshot wounds but are recovering.
Mourners turned up at St Mary’s Cathedral to pay their respects to Ms Bury, who once worked as a midwife at James Cook University Hospital and was described as a “caring, compassionate, considerate and trusting” woman by her family.
Her solicitor brother Paul Bury, who is a partner at Endeavour Partnership law firm, said before the service that the family would celebrate Anne’s life. He told the BBC he wanted to thank well-wishers during what was “the most terrible of times” for him and his family.
Hymns at the funeral, which was carried out by Canon Gerard Richardson, included Be Thou My Vision, Eagle’s Wings, As I Kneel Before You, and Be Not Afraid. A collection was held for the Lourdes Sick Fund. Alex Bury is a devout Catholic who visits the shrine in Lourdes every year.
Ms Bury, who lived at Emmerson Close in Swainby, was single and worked as a risk assessment manager and patient safety expert.
Gardener Veli Acar is alleged to have been the gunman who burst into Ms Bury’s luxury villa and chased her upstairs before shooting her four times in the bathroom. He has been remanded in custody after appearing in court.
The 46-year-old is reported to have told police he was romantically involved with Ms Bury – but her family have strongly denied that they were in a relationship.
They are believed to have been extremely distressed at reports in some parts of the national media which suggested they were a couple.
A “crime of passion” can be classed as a mitigating factor and help reduce prison terms in Turkey.
Newcastle University graduate, and former Stokesley School pupil Alex Bury, is said to be recovering well following surgery for the leg wounds he suffered. His grandmother was released from hospital after being treated for back injuries.
Miss Bury's family said in a statement last month: "We cannot comprehend the mentality of somebody who would do this to three lovely people who would never harm anybody.
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