Family pay tribute to ‘irreplaceable’ British embassy worker murdered in Beirut
Rebecca Dykes was strangled with a rope and found dead by the side of a road in the east of the Lebanese capital, according to police.
The family of a British embassy worker murdered in Beirut have said she was “simply irreplaceable and we will never fully recover from this loss”.
The body of Rebecca Dykes, 30, was found dumped by a motorway in the east of Lebanon’s capital on Saturday.
An Uber driver arrested over the killing has admitted attempting to rape the 30-year-old before strangling her with a rope, according to local media reports.
In an official statement released by the Foreign Office on Monday, the victim’s family said: “For Becky to have her life cruelly taken away in these circumstances is devastating to our family.
“Becky is simply irreplaceable and we will never fully recover from this loss.”
The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news. My thoughts are with Becky’s family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss. We're providing consular support to her family & working very closely with Lebanese authorities who are conducting police investigation.— Hugo Shorter (@HugoShorter) December 17, 2017
Ms Dykes’ family said they are “grateful that the investigation is moving at pace” and thanked the authorities for acting “quickly and thoroughly”.
“Becky was genuine, generous, and loving, as anyone who knew her would agree. She was intelligent, ambitious, and dedicated to her work,” they said.
“Becky had a love of travelling, and was passionate about helping people.
“She always wanted to make the world a better place – her humanitarian work in Beirut was testament to that.”