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Tunisian Survivor Owen Richards, Who Lost Three Relatives In Massacre, Bravely Supports Grieving Mother During Minute's Silence

03/07/2015 15:42 BST | Updated 03/07/2015 15:59 BST

A teenager who lost his brother, uncle and grandfather in the Tunisian shootings bravely supported his grieving mother as they joined the UK in observing a minute's silence to remember those killed in the massacre.

Own Richard, 16, wrapped his arm around his mother, Suzy Evans, as the two supported each other on Friday outside Walsall football club.

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Owen Richards (C) observes a minute's silence with Suzy Evans (2nd L) outside Walsall football on Friday

Owen was at the Sousse resort where gunman Seifeddine Rezgui shot dead 38 holiday makers, 30 of which were British.

The teenager's brother, Joel, was the youngest person killed in the terror attack; he was just 19. Owen also lost his uncle Adrian Evans and his grandfather Patrick Evans.

The family are staunch Walsall FC supporters. After the attack, the club changed its cover photo on Facebook in honour of their fans.

Walsall FC are devastated to hear that Saddlers fans lost their lives in the Tunisia Terror Attacks. Our thoughts are...

Posted by Walsall FC Official on Saturday, June 27, 2015

On Friday, shirts, scarves, flowers and cards surrounded the family, who were joined by club directors, players, staff and supporters.

Owen's uncle, Adrian, worked as a manager in the gas services department for Sandwell Council, in the West Midlands.

Council leader Darren Cooper said he was a "very popular and long-serving employee", adding: "We are absolutely devastated for Adrian's family, friends and colleagues, and our thoughts are with them and all those affected by this tragedy.''

Joel, who studied at the University of Worcester, was described as "a young, talented referee with the world at his feet" by the Birmingham County FA.

Birmingham-based Gaelic football club James Connolly's GFC also paid tribute to an ''exceptionally talented footballer''.

Tributes in the form of football shirts and scarves have been laid outside the club all week.

Tributes continue to pour in here at the Banks's Stadium as the Football Family mourns as one. Tributes can be laid until 12 noon on Friday....

Posted by Walsall FC Official on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The nation fell silent at midday on Friday and flags were flown at half-mast over Whitehall and Buckingham Palace as a mark of respect for killed in the shooting.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh observed the silence as they visited the University of Strathclyde's Technology and Innovation Centre, while Prime Minister David Cameron marked the moment in his Oxfordshire constituency.

Games also stopped at Wimbledon as players, staff and crowds reflected on the atrocity. Moving images show fans rising to their feet on Murray Mound.

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Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui also killed three Irish nationals, two Germans, and victims from Belgium, Portugal and Russia during the shootings.

The Tunisian government said that it had arrested 12 suspects in connection with the beach massacre.

According to Tunisian officials, the gunman trained at a Libyan jihadist camp at the same time as the two gunmen who attacked the Bardo museum in Tunis in March, killing 22 people.

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