The death of a British woman who was missing in the aftermath of the Tunisia hotel shooting has been confirmed by her son in a moving series of social media messages.
Sue Davey, 42, was from Tamworth, Staffordshire and on holiday in Sousse with her partner Scott Chalkley, from Derby.
Mr Chalkley, 42, was also killed in the attack when Isis-inspired gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire with an automatic weapon on a busy tourist beach.
On Saturday, information about Ms Davey’s whereabouts was being sought online by her son Conor Fulford, chasing “unconfirmed reports that my mom has been shot in the leg”.
But last night, 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.” On Twitter, he wrote: “Love you always Mom, I’ve got my teddy bear you got me tonight.”
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
My mom was a strong women who didn't take no crap from nobody so when you lie down tonight wish my mom goodnight as I know i sure will xxxxx— Conor Fulford (@ConorFulford) June 27, 2015
Love you always Mom, I've got my teddy bear you got me tonight, Rest easy xxxx— Conor Fulford (@ConorFulford) June 27, 2015
At least 15 Britons were among the 38 people killed in the massacre, and the British Government has warned that toll “may well rise as several more have been seriously injured”.
One victim, Lisa Burbidge, a grandmother in her 60s from Whickham, Gateshead, was described by her granddaughter, Chloe Thompson, as “my angel, my best friend”. “Love you always grandma, rest in peace,” she added.
The wife of Stephen Mellor, 69, of Bodmin, Cornwall, told the Daily Mirror she believed he died trying to shield her from the bullets, although his death was unconfirmed. “He died on the beach. I’m heartbroken,” Cheryl Mellor said from her hospital bed. The 55-year-old former psychiatric nurse was shot in one leg and an arm.
Mark Stocker’s father and stepmother, John and Janet Stocker, from Crawley, have not been heard from since the shooting on Friday. He told Sky News: “We’ve spoken to every hospital in Sousse and surrounding areas.”
Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood said the shooting was “the most significant terrorist attack on British people since 7/7 and highlights the ongoing threat of [Isis]”.
Home Secretary Theresa May will chair a meeting of the Government's emergency cobra committee this morning.
The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice to warn that further terrorist attacks in Tunisia are possible and urged people to be vigilant.Reuse content