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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 September, 2004, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
Mother in plea over reggae killer
Natasha Derby
Natasha Derby died in hospital after the shooting
The mother of a woman who was shot in the head while she danced at a reggae night, has spoken of her hatred for the killer.

Natasha Derby, 23, was gunned down at High Wycombe's Multi-Racial Centre early on Saturday.

Margaret Derby, 48, of Cleethorpes, Humberside, cried as she begged those who saw the shooting to come forward.

"She didn't deserve that. It wasn't a fight; she didn't have enemies," she said.

She said her daughter's killer must regard other lives as cheap.

"It's hard to bring a child into this world and to have someone take her life like that - no-one has that right," Ms Derby said.

I would appeal to those that attended the event or who know or saw what happened to come forward and speak to police
Mother Margaret Derby
Natasha, who had lived at the town's YMCA for four years and wanted to become a singer, died at Wycombe General Hospital.

Ms Derby said: "She just loved life. She loved her independence. She was just a lovely person.

"It is hard for me to describe the pain that I and the family feel at the loss of Natasha.

"I would appeal to those that attended the event or who know or saw what happened to come forward and speak to police," she said.

A police spokesman said after Natasha fell to the floor, the majority of revellers had fled.

Det Chief Insp Andy Taylor appealed for more witnesses to come forward, adding that only 10 of the estimated audience of 100 had so far done so.

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