Tributes paid to honeymoon couple killed in Maldives

By Alistair Keely,Pa
Sunday 23 October 2011 07:40

Tributes have been paid to a British couple who were killed in a quadbiking accident while on their honeymoon in the Maldives.

Jonathan and Emma Gray, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, were found injured on Friday on a roadside at the Kuredu Island Resort and Spa where they were staying.

Mr Gray was in his 20s and his new wife was 25. They had a young child who did not go with them on the honeymoon and is being looked after by a grandparent in the UK.

Around a dozen floral tributes were left at the couple's home in Halifax yesterday, with teddy bears and an empty bottle of champagne.

Friends of the couple visited the house to lay flowers and console each other.

Later, the brother of Emma Gray, who did not give his name, arrived at the property and described them "as a wonderful couple".

He added: "It is all too raw at the moment."

A neighbour of the couple, who did not want to be named, described them as a "golden couple".

Mrs Gray was a teacher at Holy Trinity Primary School in Halifax.

School governor the Rev Martin Russell paid tribute to her.

He said: "She was a very popular teacher at our school, a very genuine person and very enthusiastic. She loved her children. She was very popular with the staff.

"When the children heard she was getting married it was big news at the school. There was an end of term service in the church a few weeks ago and a special presentation was made to her in which she skipped up the aisle.

"When we heard the news about her tragic death everybody was absolutely devastated," he added.

Mr Russell said a special service had been held in memory of Mrs Gray at Holy Trinity and St Jude's Church.

Maldives Police Service said officers are investigating what happened to the honeymooners.

A manager at Kuredu refused to comment while the police investigation was ongoing.

A third person was also injured in the crash and is in hospital.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the deaths of two British Nationals in Kuredu Island Resort and Spa, Maldives, on August 6 2011.

"Our thoughts are with the families at this sad time.

"We are providing consular assistance and liaising with both the police and the local authorities."

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