The murder of Sophie Lancaster occurred in the United Kingdom in 2007.The victim and her boyfriend, Robert Maltby, were attacked by a number of teenage boys while walking through Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire on 11 August 2007.As a result of the severe head injuries Lancaster sustained in the attack, she went into a coma from which she never regained consciousness and died of her injuries thirteen days later.
Sophie Lancaster (born 26 November 1986) was a former pupil at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School and Haslingden High School, and a gap year student planning to attend Accrington and Rossendale College to do an English degree.She had been dating Robert Maltby, a 21-year-old art student from Manchester, for three years, and they both had a long-standing attachment to the goth subculture.The couple's family described them as "Goths", and said: "They're both intelligent, sensitive kids. She was a beautiful girl with a social conscience and values which made her a joy to know.They're not the sort of people to get in trouble, but they have had problems in the past because they stand out". Not being able to see her blossom into her full potential or even to see her smile again is a tragedy beyond words"."The thing that makes me most angry is that it is seen as an isolated incident, maybe the seriousness of what happened to Sophie is isolated, but attacks are far from isolated.