On August 11th 2007 Sophie and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were walking through a park on their way home when they were approached by a group of teens. It started out as a conversation and sharing of cigarettes. However, the teens ended up viciously attacking both Sophie and Robert. The police had stated that Sophie and Robert faced multiple head injuries due to being stomped on, kicked and beaten on their heads and faces -- the police also said that their faces where so swollen they could not tell their genders. They were admitted into the hospital and both were in comas and on life support. Robert was able to recover, but has memory loss specifically to what happened that night . Today on this day 13 years ago, the doctors declared that Sophie was not going to be able to recover, and she died that day.
Sophie on the left, Robert on the right. If on mobile Sophie in the first photo and Robert in the second.
They were beaten up for being different, after the attack the group was bragging about what they did to their friends, and had told their friends how they beat them and almost killed them and asked if they wanted to see what they did. They were proud, and made it seem as if it was a good deed to society. Here is a quote from one of the murderers "There's two moshers nearly dead up Bacup park – you wanna see them – they're a right mess" Every time I read that statement, and other things said by this group of murderers, it makes me sick to my stomach.
Sophie was a sweet girl, and she did not deserve this. She had her life stolen from her at the age of 20 years old.
This year I am keeping the article short, in order to provide more information for those who want to learn more.
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was founded by Sophie's mother. The foundation offers, news, information and education all in honor of Sophie and is something you should check out.
This documentary about Sophie Lancaster and Robert Maltby by the BBC is something you should check out, if you want to learn more.
If you are ever visiting Whitby, you can see her memorial bench that was put together via fundraising by gigs at the Whitby Goth Festival. In January 2008 the bench was placed in her memory in Whitby's West Cliff area.