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These Are Some Of The Victims Who Died In The Tunisia Hotel Attack

At least 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack on a beach resort in Tunisia – including many from the UK.

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On 26 June, a lone gunman with potential links to the terrorist group ISIS carried out an attack on a Tunisian beach resort, killing 38 people.

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The gunman, who was shot dead by police, has been identified as Seifeddine Rezgui, 23.

In a speech given the day after the attack, prime minister David Cameron warned that "many of those killed" in Tunisia were British, and said he would hold a meeting with the government's emergency Cobra committee to formulate a response.

Foreign secretary Philip Hammond later confirmed 30 British tourists had been killed.

Here are some of the victims of the attack:

Lorna Carty, Robinstown, County Meath, Ireland

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Carty travelled to Tunisia with her husband, Declan, following his heart operation. The couple had been given the holiday as a present, friends told the Irish Times.

Carty went to the beach on her own while her husband stayed in the hotel room. They were due to leave Tunisia hours after the attack took place.

Sources told MailOnline that Declan had been able to escape the scene without harm but was "devastated" after hearing about his wife's death. Carty's son has travelled to Tunisia in order to be with his father.

A friend told the website: "Declan was in the hotel and Lorna went out to get a last bit of sun before leaving... When he heard all the commotion he went out, then he recognised the towel and the blood on it... He's devastated."

Carly Lovett, 24, Lincolnshire

Lovett (above right), from Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, is said to have travelled to Tunisia with her fiancé, Liam Moore (above left), who is believed to still be in the country.

Lovett was a beauty blogger and a photographer at the e-commerce company Fizzco. She was also a former student at the University of Lincoln, where she studied at the film and media school, according to the Lincolnshire Echo.

Kyle Leeman, 23, a friend, told the paper she was a "kind and outgoing person".

"We always used to hang out as kids," he said. "Her parents were always really welcoming to all her friends. I am absolutely devastated."

Adrian Evans, 44, Tipton, West Midlands


Adrian Evans is one of three members of his family to have been killed in the attack, along with his father, 78-year-old Patrick Evans, and nephew Joel Richards, 19.

He had previously worked for Sandwell council as a manager in its gas services department.

Evans worked for the council for 32 years, and was on the first day of his holiday in Tunisia. He was due to travel to France shortly afterwards, according to the Birmingham Mail.

In a statement last week, Sandwell council leader Darren Cooper said: "Adrian Evans was a very popular and long-serving employee, who was manager of our Gas Services Team.

"We are absolutely devastated for Adrian's family, friends and colleagues and our thoughts are with them and all those affected by this tragedy."

Patrick Evans, 78, West Midlands

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Charles "Patrick" Evans was the father of Adrian (above) and the grandfather of Joel Richards (below) and Owen Richards, all of whom travelled to Tunisia together.

Evans lived with his wife, Maureen. Like the rest of his family, he was a devoted fan of Walsall Football Club, which expressed its condolences last week.

Joel Richards, 19, West Midlands

Joel Richards / Facebook

Richards is the nephew of Adrian Evans and the grandson of Patrick Evans. He was also the older brother of 16-year-old Owen Richards, the only family member who went to Tunisia and survived.

Richards was a student at the University of Worcester and a local football referee in Birmingham.

He was described as a "popular lad" with the "world at his feet" by Ian Murphy, a spokesperson from Birmingham County Football Association.

In a statement, Birmingham County FA said: "A young talented referee with the world at his feet, he was highly thought of and will be sadly missed.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time."

Sue Davey, 42, Tamworth

Davey travelled to Tunisia with her partner, Scott Chalkley, from Derby, and they were staying at the Imperial Hotel in Sousse. The pair both worked for Severn Trent Water.

Davey's son, Conor Fulford, initially reached out for information on Twitter after hearing that his mother had been shot in the leg.

However, following confirmation of his mother's death, he wrote on Facebook: "Thank you for willing me and my family on but unfortunately we lost the battle to keep my mom in our lives."

He also tweeted to thank those who helped in searching for Davey in the aftermath of the attack.

Hi Everyone, Sorry to tell you we lost my mother Sue Davey tonight but i want to thank everybody that tried to help me & my family ...

Love you always Mom, I've got my teddy bear you got me tonight, Rest easy xxxx

Scott Chalkley, 42, Derby

Scott Chalkley / Facebook

Scott Chalkley, from Derby, worked at the Severn Water Company with his partner, Sue Davey.

Chalkley and Davey had taken the holiday together after recently buying a house, according to The Mirror.

Following the attack, Chalkley's son Ross Naylor reached out for help on social media.

After confirmation of Chalkley's death, Naylor wrote on Facebook: "Tonight me and Brad lost our dad. Unfortunately he was caught up in the sickening attack in Tunisia and is not longer with us.

"I'm sure many of you have seen the news about Sue as well so all I ask is that people let both families grieve in peace."

Jones was a care home worker in Wales and was the first confirmed victim of the attack from Wales. She travelled to Tunisia with her partner, David, who is said to be unhurt.

Blackwood mayor Noel Taylor told WalesOnline that he had known Jones for "donkeys years" and was "in shock" over the event.

"I have just watched it in the news and all I can say is I feel devastated," he said. "The family must be totally in grief."

In a statement released by Gwent police, her family said: "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 grieve our beautiful mother."

Bruce Wilkinson, 72, Goole


Wilkinson, of Gordon Street, Goole, travelled to Tunisia with his wife, Rita.

He was described by Goole MP Andrew Percy as a "loving family man" who "worked to support the care of others".

The father and grandfather was also described as "kind and compassionate", with a "dry sense of humour".

In a statement, Wilkinson's family 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. The family would like to thank everyone who has supported them since the tragic of events of last Friday, and we respectfully ask to be left in peace to grieve."

Lisa Burbidge, 60, Wickham

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Burbidge was a grandmother of four who lived in Whickham, Gateshead.

She was on holiday with other members of her family, according to reports. According to Chronicle Live, she had visited the resort in Tunisia six times in the past.

Neighbours described Burbidge as a "lovely" and "friendly" woman who enjoyed going on holiday.

In a statement released on Sunday, Burbidge's family said: "We are devastated with the tragic loss of the most beautiful, amazing, caring and gentle person in our lives.

"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."

Jim McQuire, 66, and Ann McQuire, 63, Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire

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The McQuires had recently retired, and made a "late decision" to go to Tunisia on holiday.

Jim McQuire was a former marine engineer working in shipyards, while Ann McQuire worked as a receptionist at the Craigmarloch Medical Centre in Cumbernauld.

Although their son, Stuart, 32, has confirmed the deaths, the family have not released an official statement as of yet.

Claire Windass, 54, Hull

54 year old Claire Windass from Hull is latest victim of Tunisa terror attack to be named

Windass was on the beach with her husband, Jim, when the attack took place. Her husband was not killed, and is said to have returned to the UK.

The couple, who were from Thistlewood Court in Hull, had travelled to Tunisia for a week's holiday and were due to return last weekend.

Windass's stepson, Steve Windass, 29, said: "I was at work at the time when a colleague said it was in Tunisia. I started to look at the TV and the more I thought about it, the more I realised that was where it was.

"Eventually my dad managed to ring me from someone's phone."

Stuart Cullen, 52, Lowestoft


Cullen's death was confirmed by Suffolk police last week. His wife was injured in the attack, and it is thought that she is recovering in the UK.

Lowestoft mayor Stephen Ardley gave his condolences to Cullen's family, saying: "My heartfelt sympathy goes out to not only the Cullen family, but to all the families and friends that have been affected by this devastating act of cruelty.

"I was walking along that very same beach eight days earlier. The wife and I used to go for a walk on it every morning, so it really brings it home."

The couple have one daughter, Emma, who said the family were "truly grateful for the compassion afforded to them".

John Stollery, 58, Nottinghamshire.

Tributes being paid to Nottinghamshire social worker John Stollery, who was killed in Friday's #Tunisia beach attack.

Stollery was a social worker who worked for Nottinghamshire council for more than 30 years. He went to Tunisia with his wife, Cheryl, and their young son.

His wife told Sky News: "John was special, he made a difference and gave his best to others.

"He will remain in our hearts and in our memory forever."

Denis Thwaites, 70, and Elaine Thwaites, 69, Blackpool.

Tunisia deaths of Elaine and Denis Thwaites, former Birmingham City player, confirmed by daughter Lyndsey.

Denis Thwaites was formerly a professional footballer, playing for Birmingham City between 1961 to 1972.

On Monday, the club said they were "deeply shocked and saddened" by the couple's death and offered condolences to the family.

The couple arrived in Sousse two days before the attack took place. The couple's daughter, Lindsey, and her husband, flew to Tunisia on Saturday.

John Stocker, 74 , and Janet Stocker, 63, Crawley.

Family pay tribute to couple from Crawley named among Tunisia victims

The Stockers, originally from London, had five children and 10 grandchildren.

In a statement released by the Foreign Office, the family said: "Mum and dad were the happiest, most loving couple who enjoyed life's simple pleasures as well as the pleasures and love of their extensive family and their many friends, but most of all they were still very much in love with each other.

"They were both young at heart and enjoyed all that life could offer, and especially enjoyed travelling to new places, exploring and appreciating local cultures, and they died together doing what they enjoyed most; sunbathing side by side."

Christopher Bell, 59 and Sharon Bell, 54, Leeds.

The family of Christopher and Sharon Bell 'deeply saddened' over their deaths in Tunisia terrorist attack

The Bell family are from Leeds, where Christopher worked for the Northern Rail railway company and Sharon worked for Avanta Care.

Friends described Christopher as a "lovely man" with a keen interest in cycling.

In a statement released through West Yorkshire police, the Bell family said: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of both mum Sharon and dad Christopher who were taken from us during the terrorist attacks in Tunisia.

"Currently we have very little information surrounding the circumstances of the tragedy and we are working with the authorities to gather as much information as possible."

William Graham, 51 and Lisa Graham, 50, Bankfoot, Scotland.

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William, known as "Billy", worked as a turnstile operator at St Johnstone FC's McDairmid Park. The couple, who were staying at the Imperial Hotel in Sousse, had travelled to Tunisia to celebrate Mrs Graham's birthday.

While the family have not made an official statement, Mr Graham's brother, Lindsay, told STV News that they would be "sorely missed."

"I would like to say how heartbroken we all are, also that they were a lovely couple and will be sorely missed," he said.

"We are all proud of Billy serving his country for 22 years in the Army. Our hearts and thoughts go out to their daughter Holly."

John Welch, 74 and Eileen Swannack, 73, Wiltshire.

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The couple, who had travelled to Tunisia on several occasions, had been together for eight years.

They were formally identified by their grandson, Daniel, who had called for help in finding their whereabouts on social media following the attack.

"The families are devastated at the loss of their loved ones in such a terrible manner and have asked the media to respect their wish for privacy at this very difficult time" a Wiltshire police spokesperson said.

David Thompson, 80, Hampshire.

Family of 80 year old #Tunisia victim David Thompson share photo of "a wonderful man". @BBCSouthToday @BBCNews

Thompson, from Tadley, Hampshire, was confirmed as being among the victims by friends, who told the BBC.

The 80-year-old was a former scientist at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, and was described by neighbours as a "wonderful man".

Phillip Heathcoate, 52, Suffolk.

Brother-in-law confirms #Felixstowe man Philip Heathcote was killed in Tunisian… #Suffolk

Heathcoate had travelled to Tunisia with his wife Allison, 48, and was confirmed as one of the victims by his brother-in-law Simon Boon.

The couple had gone to Tunisia to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

"Philip originally comes from Manchester and I'm sure his family living there will want to pay their own tributes," Boon said.

"The thoughts of our family go out to them all as we together grieve for this awful loss."

Mrs Heathcoate is still recovering in hospital.

Hussein Kesvani is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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