A travel agent is reported to have lost her son, her brother and her father in a terrorist massacre, and to have had a second son wounded in the same outrage.
British media outlets reported that Suzy Evans, a travel agent who previously worked at West Midlands Co-op and Holiday Hypermarket, lost the three close relatives when an Islamist fanatic allied to Islamic State (ISIS) attacked a Tunisian beach resort.
Three generations of the same family were among the victims. The lone gunman, dressed in shorts, hid a Kalashnikov self-loading assault rifle in a beach umbrella and proceeded to shoot sunbathers on the beach.
Suzy Evans wasn’t in Tunisia herself but her 19-year-old son Joel Richards, her brother Adrian Evans, 49, and her father Patrick Evans, 78, were holidaying together and were among those killed.
Newspaper reports said Suzy’s younger son, 16-year-old Owen, survived the attack. He suffered a shoulder wound and was busy helping a woman who had been wounded in the back when paramedics found him.
“He was crying and he was wearing shorts and t-shirt,” a witness told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper. “He was really shocked and upset.”
Suzy Evans, from Wednesbury in West Midlands, was reported to have flown out to Tunisia to bring Owen home.
Her three relatives who died were among 38 people killed in the gun attack near Sousse on Friday.
Most of those killed in the beach slaughter were British and the atrocity is the most significant attack on British civilians since four Islamist suicide bombers blew themselves up in the London transport system on 7 July 2005, killing 52 people and injuring over 700.
Written by Peter Needham