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Midlands families devastated by Tunisian massacre

2015-06-28 15:02:29

Sue Davey and Scott ChalkleySue Davey and Scott Chalkley

The devastated sons of a Midland couple killed in the Tunisian gun massacre announced their deaths on Twitter last night.

Conor Fulford, 23, and Ross Naylor immediately posted on social media after the gun attack for news of Sue Davey and Scott Chalkley - both 42 - who were in Sousse on holiday together.

But Conor, who is Sue’s son, and Ross, who is Scott’s, updated Twitter last night (Saturday, June 27) to announce their tragic deaths.

The two sons had begged for help to find their respective parents in the aftermath of the gun attack – but have now revealed that both were tragically killed.

The couple were staying at the Imperial Hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, where the warped shooter gunned down Western tourists with an assault rifle hidden under an umbrella.

Sue and Scott, who both worked for Severn Trent Water, were enjoying their dream holiday after recently buying a house together.

Conor, from Tamworth, took to Twitter saying: “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 ...”

Ross said 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 aswell so all I ask is that people let both families grieve in peace.”

Adrian EvansAdrian Evans

It comes after it was tragically revealed that three members of the same Black Country family are reported to have been killed in the Tunisian gun massacre after grandfather Patrick Evans was named as the sixth British victim.

Mr Evans is understood to be the father of Adrian Evans, and the grandfather of Joel Richards, 19, both of who died in the attack at the resort of Sousse on Friday.

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 ...

— Conor Fulford (@ConorFulford) June 27, 2015

Joel, a student at the University of Worcester, died alongside his uncle Adrian.

Carly Lovett, from Lincoln, Bruce Wilkinson, from Goole, East Yorkshire, and Lisa Burbidge, from Whickham, Tyne and Wear are also among the dead.

Joel and his uncle Adrian were keen supporters of Walsall Football Club while Joel was also a talented referee “with the world at his feet.”

In a statement, Birmingham County FA said: “Joel was an active member of the Birmingham County FA youth council.

“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.”

The teenager’s Facebook profile picture shows him standing on Wembley Way when the League One side played there earlier this year.

A post was also uploaded on fans’ forum site Vital Walsall paying tribute to the tragic victims.

It said: “We are saddened to report that Walsall fans Adrian Evans and Joel Richards have been reported to be amongst the victims of the Tunisia terrorist attacks.

“Adrian, Joel and another family member who is yet to be named were on the beach in Sousse when a terrorist started shooting.

“Our deepest condolences and prayers are with their family and friends at this deeply sad time.

“Fellow Saddlers you will be forever in our hearts.”

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

A council source described the news as “horrendous” and said their thoughts were with the family and council colleagues.

A council source said Mr Evans had worked for the council for 32 years, and was on his first day of a holiday in Tunisia.

He was due to spend seven days in the African country before a week’s stay in France.

The source said: “When I heard about it I was very sickened. To have someone so close to you lost in such a way is terrible.

“He was a committed man who gave good service to the people of Sandwell.”

Carly LovettCarly Lovett

It comes after 24-year-old Carly Lovett was the first British victim to be named earlier today.

The newly engaged beauty blogger is believed to have been on holiday with her fiance when she was killed.

The death toll in the terrorist attack at the beach resort of Sousse currently stands at 38, with eight of the dead confirmed to be British.

But the Tunisian prime minister has warned that the “majority” of those killed were British.

David Cameron echoed that earlier, saying that the country needed to prepare itself for further news that “many of those killed would be British”.

Foreign Minister Tobias Ellwood warned that figure “may well rise” further, adding that it was “the most significant terrorist attack on the British people” since July 7, 2005, when 52 people were killed.

Mr Ellwood said this act of “evil and brutality” demonstrates why this kind of extremism has to be confronted “wherever this happens” at home or abroad.

Asked if he feared further attacks on Britons abroad, he said: “We always have to be vigilant wherever we are in the world and we are doing our utmost to work with the international community to make all our places of interest safer.”

British police have flown to the resort to help identify victims, consular teams are in hospitals and hotels looking after those affected, and he said had spent much of today on the phone with victims and families caught up in the “appalling attack”.

The death toll in the terrorist attack at the beach resort of Sousse currently stands at 38, with eight of the dead confirmed to be British.

But the Tunisian prime minister has warned that the “majority” of those killed were British.

David Cameron echoed that earlier, saying that the country needed to prepare itself for further news that “many of those killed would be British”.

The slaughter happened when a gunman, disguised as a tourist, opened fire on the busy beach in the resort, a popular destination for holidaymakers from the UK and Ireland.

Terror group Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The gunman, identified as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani, 23, was reportedly laughing as he carried out the massacre and deliberately selected western tourists.

Witnesses said he used a Kalashnikov rifle hidden inside an umbrella to shoot the tourists sunbathing on the beach.

An eyewitness quoted by local radio said: “He was laughing and joking around, like a normal guy. He was choosing who to shoot. Some people, he was saying to them, ‘You go away’. He was choosing tourists, British, French.”

Among the victims was also an Irish mother-of-two who was named locally as Lorna Carty from Robinstown, County Meath.

Family friends said she had taken her husband on holiday to help him recover from heart surgery, and she was believed to have gone to the beach by herself when the gunman went on the rampage.

She was a nurse in a GP surgery in Navan, aged in her 50s, and had a son and daughter. Her husband Declan, a dairy farmer, was said to be uninjured but “absolutely distraught”.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond gave details of the government response.

He said: “The situation on the ground is still somewhat confused and we can’t be sure exactly how many, but because of the nature of the composition of the tourist population in this part of Tunisia we have to assume that a high proportion of those killed and injured will have been British.”

It comes three months after mother-of-two Sally Adey, from Caynton, near Shifnal, died in a terrorist attack in Tunis.

Mrs Adey, a retired solicitor, died in the shooting at the Bardo National Museum in Tunisia on March 18.

She had been on a Mediterranean cruise with her 52-year-old husband Robert, who survived the attack.

More than 20 people were killed in the attack, with 17 of those being cruise ship passengers.

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