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Shoreham Airshow crash: victims' names emerge

Up to 20 people are feared to have died in the Shoreham Airshow crash, when a Hawker Hunter jet ploughed into the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex, exploding in a huge fireball.

Among them are:

Matt Jones, 24, personal trainer

Mr Jones' death in the crash was announced online by his "devastated" sister Becky Jones.

She wrote on Facebook: "Thank you to everyone who has messaged me. We are devastated to say Matt Jones was one of the fatalities."

Ms Jones appealed for help in finding her brother after he failed to return home.

She was initially told he had been seen by a friend on the beach, but this was a false sighting and they later discovered he had been killed.

Mr Jones, of Littlehampton, West Sussex, had moved to Cairns in Queensland, Australia, in 2014, and had latterly been living in Shepparton, Victoria, according to his Facebook details.

He also once worked on a chicken farm.

A neighbour at his family home in Littlehampton said he was a "really nice bloke and will be missed".

Matthew Grimstone, 23, goalkeeper for Worthing United

Mr Grimstone was a goalkeeper with Worthing United Football Club and was on his way to play for the team in a home game against Loxwood FC at 3pm when he was killed in the crash.

In an emotional tribute his parents Sue and Phil and brothers David and Paul called him the "kindest person you could ever meet".

They said: "The family are in total shock at losing our dearest son Matthew so tragically at 23 years old."

Mark Sanderson, Worthing United's secretary, broke down as he described "Grimbles" as "a huge talent, quiet and reserved but a brilliant player with a huge potential to go further in the game".

He said Mr Grimstone and his best friend and teammate Jacob Schilt, who was also killed, played a key role in the club's last season - its most successful ever.

Mr Grimstone and Mr Schilt attended Varndean School in Brighton. They left in 2008 and pursued their passion for football.

Mr Grimstone worked at Brighton & Hove Albion football club for seven years. He became an apprentice groundsman in 2013 and was given a full-time role, most recently working for the grounds team at its Lancing training ground.

Jacob Schilt, a midfielder with Worthing United

Mr Schilt and his best friend and teammate Matthew Grimstone were on their way to play for Worthing United when they were both killed in the crash.

He was small for a midfielder, but Worthing manager Nigel Geary said Mr Schilt was "very tenacious" and held his own against players twice his size.

Mr Geary first learned about the crash when some of his players texted him and said they were delayed getting to the match.

"I checked with all the players but I couldn't get through to Matthew or Jacob, it went through to voicemail," he said.

"They're two players who never let me down, they were always there not on time but before time. When I couldn't get through, I just knew for a fact something was up."

Mr Schilt's father Bob was a teacher at Varndean School.

Teammates described them as "absolute gents" and said they were "devastated" at the deaths.

A fellow player, tweeting as @markiovelli, added: "Devastated to have lost two team mates and wonderful people. It was a privilege to share a pitch with you. My heart goes out to your families, RIP."

Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton, the driver of a classic Daimler wedding car, is also believed to be among those killed.

Mr Abrahams, who worked for Chariots Chauffeurs, of Uckfield Road, Ringmer, Lewes, was on his way to pick up a bride for her marriage service.

His family issued a statement via the police which said: "Maurice is a well-respected and loved father and husband. He enjoyed his work chauffeuring his beloved Daimler car and he enjoyed gardening.

"He was proud to have served in the Grenadier Guards and the Parachute Regiment. He served in Cyprus and Bahrain with the UN. In his 30s he served as a police officer with Hampshire Police."

He was driving a DS420 State Landaulette, which has a seating capacity of seven.

Among those missing are:

Mark Trussler, motorcyclist

He is believed to have been riding his motorbike along the A27 when the plane crashed. He has not been heard from since.

His fiance Giovanna Chirico appealed on social media to ask if anyone had seen or heard from him. A picture of the couple has been widely shared online along with the message: "Mark Trussler, missing, was riding an all black motorbike. If anyone has any details please contact Giovanna Chirico.

"He was at Shoreham airport today. Hoping he just doesn't have mobile signal. Love u (sic) babe x."

Daniele Polito, a father from Worthing.

Mr Polito was travelling in the same car as Mr Jones when the plane crashed.

His family said they have not heard from the former Worthing College student since the disaster - but asked friends to remain hopeful.

Ruth Cox, who said her daughter has a son with Mr Polito, said on Facebook: "Daniele Polito is still missing - he was with Matt Jones on their way back from work when the plane crashed, he is my grandson's dad."

Marina Polito, believed to be Daniele's sister, said on Facebook: "Nothing has been confirmed that Daniele is gone."

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