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Facebook bid helps bring body home

The grieving family of a British man shot dead in the Philippines has raised thousands of pounds to bring his body home through a Facebook campaign.

The family of James Bolton, 50, who was killed in his house last month, launched a fundraiser on the social networking site, called "Bring our dad home", in the hope of securing at least £8,000 to repatriate his body.

After his death they said they were struggling to raise the sum needed to bring his body home "so we can give him the funeral he deserves and say our goodbyes".

Father of three Mr Bolton, originally from Lincoln, and his partner were among nine victims allegedly shot dead by the same gunman, who was tracked down using his Facebook account.

Mr Bolton's daughter Jessica announced on Facebook that the family had reached their target and thanked all those who had donated to the campaign.

She wrote: "Dad is coming home back to where he belongs for the funeral he deserves thank you all so much."

Mark Dizon, a 28-year-old computer technician from a well-off family, has been accused of killing Mr Bolton, six Filipinos, an American and a Canadian, during three robberies in Angeles City.

The area 50 miles from Manila is home to many retired expatriates.

Dizon was arrested last Tuesday as he talked to his father in a public square in northern San Fernando City.

He has reportedly denied involvement in the killings.


From Belfast Telegraph