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Tribute to killed Nigeria captive

A quantity surveyor captured and killed in Nigeria "always made people feel special", his parents have told mourners.

More than 600 people gathered to pay their respects at the funeral service of Chris McManus, 28, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, who was killed earlier this month.

Mr McManus and Italian co-worker Franco Lamolinara died on March 8 as Nigerian troops and UK Special Boat Service (SBS) commandos tried to end their captivity.

In a eulogy to him read out on their behalf at Oldham's Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Patrick RC Church, his parents Michael and Laura said: "He felt lucky in making friends in all areas of his life. He was able to establish long-lasting friendships without understanding this was his knack.

"He treasured his family. He loved us all so much. He always made people feel so special and we feel privileged that we knew him."

They added that he loved his girlfriend, Katy, "so much". "We know that when he was kidnapped his foremost thoughts would have been with Katy," they said. "He wanted to offer Katy the best life and future possible. We know he would still wish that for her."

Mr McManus's sister, Justine, told the congregation: "Chris always made the most of everything. He saw the positives that others could not. Chris's interest in the wide world and his sense of adventure led him to some magnificent places and friends."

Together with brother Benet, she concluded: "We are the people we are today because of you."

Officiating the service, Father Phil Sumner said: "It is a terrible occasion yet one on which the family feel touched that the church is full of people concerned. People concerned as family, as friends, as a town."

Thanking the McManus family for the donations to Amnesty, Amnesty's UK director, Kate Allen, said: "We are very thankful that the McManus family has given donations to Amnesty International at this very difficult time for them. All the donations will be used to further our campaigning on serious human rights abuses, including our campaign for tighter controls on the arms trade."


From Belfast Telegraph