Tunisia: Three Generations of Family feared Dead

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Three generations of one family are feared to have been killed in the Tunisia beach massacre, it has emerged.

Joel Richards, 22, and his uncle Adrian Evans, 49, died together when Seifeddine Yacoubi opened fire on sunbathing tourists.

The attack, which has claimed the lives of at least 15 Britons, has been described as “the most significant terror attack on the British people” since the 7 July bombings in 2005.

Joel’s grandfather Patrick Evans, 78, is also feared dead, while his 16-year-old brother Owen survived the attack in Sousse.

The family members were keen supporters of Walsall FC and the club – saying it was “devastated” – has changed its official Twitter account to show a picture of the four together following the team at Wembley in tribute.

Confirming the latest death toll, Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood said that number is still expected to rise as “several more” people have serious injuries.

British police have flown to the resort to help identify victims and consular teams are at hospitals and hotels looking after those affected.

The FCO has also warned travellers of further possible attacks in the country.

Worried relatives have taken to social media to appeal for help tracing family members who had been staying in the resort, while thousands of holidaymakers have been fleeing beach resorts and heading back home.

As that exodus continues, details are emerging of those who lost their lives when Yacoubi opened fire with a Kalashnikov he had hidden inside an umbrella.

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

A source said he and his family were on the first day of a holiday in Tunisia.

Mr Evans was due to spend a week there before seven days in France.

Sandwell Council leader Councillor Darren Cooper told Sky News he is planning to open a book of condolence and will arrange a minute’s silence this week.

He said Mr Evans was a highly popular and well known member of the council’s gas management team and that his heart went out to the family.

“They are just genuinely good people,” Mr Cooper added.

Joel Richards was said to be a talented footballer and referee and a student at the University of Worcester.

Ian Murphy from Birmingham County Football Association, who knew him, told Sky News: “It’s awful. People, whether it be in the county or all over the country, are in bits about this.

“Joel was an active member of the youth Council and was a talented young referee with the world at his feet.

“He was highly thought of and will be very much missed and our thoughts are prayers are with his family at this tragic time.”

Mr Murphy added: “He had such a nice smile and he was such a nice lad and it’s just tragedy, absolute tragedy.”

Another of those reported to have been killed is Carly Lovett.

The 24-year-old recently became engaged, according to her Facebook page, and worked as a beauty blogger.

Miss Lovett was with her fiance when she was killed, and they were reportedly due to return home today.

Friends and fellow bloggers paid tribute to the former University of Lincoln student on social media.

The university’s School of Film and Media tweeted: “Saddened to hear news reports of Carly Lovett in Tunisia – Graduate of our University 2013.”

Lincolnshire Police have appointed a family liaison officer to support Ms Lovett’s family and police officers were positioned outside her home.

Her fiance is understood to be travelling back home.

Conor Fulford, whose social media campaign for information about his mother Sue Davey was supported by tens of thousands of people, has confirmed she was among the victims.

He wrote on Twitter: “Sorry to tell you we lost my mother Sue Davey tonight but i want to thank everybody that tried to help me & my family.”

Ms Davey, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, had been staying with her partner Scott Chalkley at the Imperial Marhaba hotel.

Paying tribute to his mother, Mr Fulford wrote: “My mom was a strong women who didn’t take no c*** from nobody so when you lie down tonight wish my mom goodnight as I know i sure will xxxxx.”

Mr Chalkley’s son, Ross Nayler, from Derby, had launched an online plea for any information on his father but on Saturday night posted an update saying his father was “no longer with us”.

He wrote: “Tonight me and Brad lost our Dad, unfortunately he was caught up in the sickening attacks in Tunisia and is no longer with us.”

He added: “I’m sure many of you have seen the news about Sue as well so all I ask is that people let both family’s grieve in peace, we are all trying to come to grips and process with what’s happened.”

An Irish woman, Lorna Carty, from Robinstown, Co Meath, as well as one German and one Belgian have been confirmed among the 38 victims.

Ireland’s Foreign Affairs minister Charles Flanagan said there were “grave concerns” for two other Irish citizens who were in Tunisia.

They are believed to be a married couple in their 50s from Athlone.

Some 39 people were injured in the attack, 25 of them British.

Among the injured were a staff member of Norfolk Police and his wife, who were staying at the Marhaba hotel and were near the pool when they heard the attack begin.

The force said Tony Callaghan and his wife Christine needed hospital treatment but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Mr Callaghan was shot in the leg, while his wife had her femur shattered.

Sky News – culled from : http://news.sky.com/story/1509420/tunisia-attack-family-members-feared-dead

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