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Bodies of eight victims of Sousse atrocity repatriated

By PA Reporters

Published 02/07/2015

The coffin of Charles Evans, one of the victims of last Friday’s terrorist attack, is taken from the C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton
The coffin of Charles Evans, one of the victims of last Friday’s terrorist attack, is taken from the C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton
Tunisia attack victim Joel Richards

Relatives wept and comforted each other as the bodies of eight Britons killed in the Tunisian beach massacre were repatriated to the UK.

The coffins of Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites were adorned with white flowers and were carried off the C-17 military transport aircraft after it landed at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

They were among the 38 people shot dead by Seifeddine Rezgui (23) at the beach resort of Sousse on Friday.

The repatriation process of all the victims is expected to take a number of days. More of the 30 Britons who died have been named as tributes continued to be paid to those killed.

The family of John Welch (74), from Corsham in Wiltshire, have had confirmation that he died in the terror attack, Wiltshire Police said.

Mr Welch was in Tunisia with his partner of eight years, Eileen Swannack (73). The couple were regular visitors to the beach resort.

Those wounded have already been brought home.

Meanwhile, the three Irish victims of the Tunisia terror attacks should arrive home today, Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has said.

Final preparations are under way for the repatriation of nurse Lorna Carty, from Robinstown, Co Meath, and husband and wife Martina and Laurence Hayes, from Westlodge, Athlone.

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