Tunisian Terror Attack Took The Lives Of Three Generations Of The Same Family


Three generations of the same family have been named among the victims of the terrorist attack in Tunisia last week.

Downing Street today announced that there have been 21 confirmed Britons killed after student Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire in the resort in Sousse last week.

The number of confirmed British fatalities is expected to increase to 30 as the authorities work to identify the remaining victims.

People have paid tribute to those who were gunned down by the 23-year-old student in the holiday resort.

Patrick Evans, believed to be aged 78, his son Adrian, and his 19-year-old grandson Joel Richards were all murdered in the attack. Joel's brother Owen, 16, survived the massacre.

(L-R) Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans and Joel Richards at Walsall FC. All three were killed in the attacks

Adrian Evans worked for Sandwell Council in the West Midlands as a manager in the gas services department.

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, believed to be a student 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''.

The University of Worcester's vice chancellor and chief executive, Professor David Green, said: "Our whole university community has been shocked by these tragic reports.

"At Worcester Joel has shown himself to be a highly intelligent, talented young man and an all-round outstanding person with a truly bright future ahead. Since joining the university, he has become very popular with his fellow students, team-mates and with the many staff that have taught him throughout his time with us."

Walsall FC changed the main image on its social media accounts to a photograph showing the trio outside Wembley Stadium at the Saddlers' Johnstone's Paint Trophy final appearance three months ago.

The club posted on Facebook that it was "devastated to hear that Saddlers fans lost their lives" in the attacks.

Trudy Jones will be 'missed by so many people'

Trudy Jones, of Blackwood in Gwent, south Wales, was described by her family as "our beautiful mother". Ms Jones was a 51-year-old divorced single mother-of-four and had been on holiday with her friends.

In a statement released through Gwent Police, her family said: "Our mother of all people didn't deserve this, such a caring person who put everyone else before herself.

"Always willing to help others, she loved everyone around her including all of the people she cared for at work.

"She'll be missed by so many people. She was the rock of our family and kept us all going. None of us have a clue how we're going to cope without her.

"We are all devastated and would appreciate if everyone can respect our privacy. Please leave us to grieve our beautiful mother."

Chris Evans, MP for Islwyn, said: "My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time."

Bruce Wilkinson's family said they were 'devastated' by their loss

Bruce Wilkinson, 72, from Goole, East Yorkshire, was among the dead. His family issued a statement through local MP Andrew Percy paying tribute to the grandfather, reported to have been a retired power station worker.

They said: "We are devastated at the loss of Bruce, who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

"Bruce was a loving family man, and in his working life worked to support the care of others. He was a kind and compassionate man, with a dry sense of humour. He was fun-loving, and will be deeply missed by friends and family alike."

Grandmother, Lisa Burbidge, was a 'beautiful, amazing, caring' person

Lisa Burbidge, a grandmother from Whickham, Gateshead. Ms Burbidge's family called her the "most beautiful, amazing, caring and gentle person in our lives".

They said: "We have been left with a massive hole in our hearts. She leaves behind many family members including four fantastic grandchildren who were her world and will miss her tremendously.

"We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and condolences but now would ask that we are left to grieve privately to come to terms with our sad loss."

Her granddaughter Chloe Thompson wrote on the Newcastle Chronicle's Facebook page: "My angel, my best friend, love you always grandma, rest in peace."

Carly Lovett was only 24 when she was killed

Fashion blogger Carly Lovett, 24, from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, was also among those killed.

In a statement, the fiance and immediate family of Ms Lovett said they were praying that the "evil" seen in Tunisia would end to spare others the heartbreak they have experienced.

The statement was issued through Lincolnshire Police on behalf of Carly's parents, Joanne and Kev, her fiance Liam, sister Jordan, brother Daniel, stepfather John, stepmother Tracey, and stepbrothers Simon and Max.

Chris Dyer was one of those killed in the attacks. He was on holiday with his wife, Gina Van Dort, who suffered facial injuries and has returned to the UK for treatment

Chris Dyer was killed as he and his wife fled from the gunman. His wife, Gina Van Dort, reportedly clung to her husband's body in the moments following the attack.

She has been left with serious facial injuries and is one of the victims who has been flown in to the UK for treatment.

Ex-footballer Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine are reported to have been killed

Former Birmingham City Football Club player Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine are reported to have been killed in the attack. The family of the couple, from Blackpool, Lancashire, appealed for information about their whereabouts.

Birmingham City FC said: "We are deeply shocked and saddened by the death of former player Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine in the Tunisian terrorist attack.

"Our thoughts are with Denis' family. The club also offers its condolences to all who are mourning loved ones due to this atrocity."

Philip Heathcote was in Tunisia celebrating his wedding anniversary when he was killed

Philip Heathcote, 52, who flew to Tunisia with his wife to celebrate their wedding anniversary, has been confirmed dead, his family said.

Mr Heathcote, who lived in Felixstowe, Suffolk, and was originally from Manchester, had been missing feared dead since Friday.

His wife, Allison Heathcote, 48, is in an induced coma after also being shot while on the beach at Sousse and her family has flown out to be with her.

Stephen Mellor was killed as he shielded his wife Cheryl (pictured) on the beach

Engineer Stephen Mellor, from Bodmin in Cornwall, was killed as he shielded his wife Cheryl on the beach. She told the Mirror: "I was screaming at people to check him and someone looked and they said he had no pulse. They said he was gone."

A neighbour close to their home in Cornwall, who asked not to be identified, said: "I knew them both through my kids. We have lived here for three years and knew them to talk to, we would always wave and say hello to each other.

"I only found out about what happened to them when a reporter knocked at my door and told me. I can't believe it has happened, and happened to them. It brings it all back home."

Sue Davey and Scott Chalkley were on holiday together. Mr Chalkley did not survive the attack

Couple Sue Davey and Scott Chalkley were on holiday together in Sousse. Ms Davey's son Conor Fulford, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, reported that he had died.

He tweeted: "Hi Everyone, Sorry to tell you we lost my mother Sue Davey but I want to thank everybody that tried to help me & my family."

Mr Chalkley's son Ross Naylor had described his father as a "loving, typical bloke".

He said: "Me and Brad lost our Dad, unfortunately he was caught up in the sickening attacks in Tunisia and is no longer with us."

Severn Trent Water, for whom Ms Davey and Mr Chalkley worked, said: "They were much loved by their colleagues. Sue and Scott had a passion to help others however they could, they cared enormously for all those they worked with and were totally committed to our customers and our company.

"We will miss them deeply. Both Sue and Scott have family and friends at Severn Trent, our thoughts are with each of them and all those that hold them dear."

Claire Windass was abroad with her husband Jim, who is believed to have survived the attack

Claire Windass from Hull was reported to have been on holiday with her husband Jim, who is understood to have survived the attack.

Karl Turner, MP for East Hull tweeted: "So sorry Claire Windass from Hull was killed in Tunisia terrorist attack. My thoughts with family & friends. RIP."

Jim and Ann McQuire, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire were both killed by the gunman

Jim and Ann McQuire, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, were shot down by the gunman.

The couple's minister from Cumbernauld Abronhill Church of Scotland said they had a close family and would be sorely missed.

Mr McQuire was a captain in the Boys' Brigade and a number of tributes were posted on social media on behalf of other brigades.

Stuart Cullen was in Tunisia with his wife, who is one of the injured victims to have been transported back to the UK

Stuart Cullen, 52, from the Lowestoft area of Suffolk, is believed to have died instantly. His wife, who was with him, was injured but survived and has returned to the UK.

John Stollery was on holiday with his family at the time of the attack

John Stollery, a social worker from North Notts, is the latest victim of the Tunisian terrorist attacks to be named.

The 58-year-old was on holiday with his wife Cheryl and their son. His wife tribute to him, saying: “John was special, he made a difference and gave his best to others.”

“We, his family, are proud of him and deeply saddened that he was taken from us in such a horrific and tragic way.

“We still had a long life to life with plans and dreams for our future together.

“We love and miss him terribly and nothing will ever be the same again. He was a super husband and my best friend and a devoted dad to our son.

“He will remain in our hearts and in our memory forever.”

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Tunisia attack victims

The confirmed Irish victims are Lorna Carty, an mother of two from Robinstown, Co Meath, and Husband and wife Laurence and Martina Hayes, both aged in their 50s, from the town of Athlone in Co Westmeath.

Bishop of Meath Michael Smith paid tribute to Mrs Carty. He said she was the victim of a "senseless killing".

He said: "Lorna worked here in Navan in one of the medical centres and is known to, and loved by, very many people.

"The brutal circumstances of Lorna's death are sadly becoming more frequent."

He added: "We extend our sympathy and our prayers to Lorna's husband Declan, to her children Simon and Hazel and extended family and friends."

Mr Hayes was a schools transport inspector who had worked for transport company Bus Eireann for the last 20 years. A company spokeswoman said he was "highly regarded on both a personal and professional level, by all his colleagues at Bus Eireann".

Co Westmeath GAA tweeted a message of condolence to the family: "Sincere sympathy to the Hayes family (from) Athlone who suffered their tragic losses in the terror shooting in Tunisia."

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