Tunisia: Vigil to be held for Scots shooting victims

Tributes remain on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia. Picture: PA

Tributes remain on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia. Picture: PA

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A candlelit vigil is to be held in memory of two victims of the Tunisian beach massacre.

Billy and Lisa Graham from Bankfoot, near Perth, were among those killed when a gunman opened fire in the attack at the Sousse beach resort on Friday.

Billy and Lisa Graham were among four Scots killed in Friday's attack in Tunisia. Picture: Hemedia

Billy and Lisa Graham were among four Scots killed in Friday's attack in Tunisia. Picture: Hemedia

The Grahams were visiting the resort to celebrate Lisa’s 50th birthday.

A “Bankfoot Get together” in memory of the couple will take place at Innewan Gardens Park at 7pm on Friday, with those attending asked to bring a candle in a jar to place in the park.

Seifeddine Rezgui, a 23-year-old student, shot dead 38 people on the beach in the atrocity.

Another couple from Scotland who died are Jim and Ann McQuire, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire.

Anne and Jim McQuire, who were killed on Friday. Picture: Hemedia

Anne and Jim McQuire, who were killed on Friday. Picture: Hemedia

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has offered her “deepest condolences” to the families and friends of the four Scottish victims.

Mr Graham worked on match days as a turnstile operator at St Johnstone FC’s McDiarmid Park home for seven years.

A statement posted on the official website said the thoughts of everyone at the club were with the couple’s daughter Holly and the rest of the family.

Saints’ chairman Steve Brown said: “This is terrible news and our thoughts go out to the whole family at this time.

“Billy was part of the St Johnstone family and a great ambassador for the club who always did his job with a smile on his face.”

The minister from Cumbernauld Abronhill Church of Scotland recently paid tribute to Mr and Mrs McQuire, saying they had a close family and would be sorely missed.

Mr McQuire was a captain in the Boys’ Brigade and a number of tributes were posted on social media on behalf of other brigades.

The bodies of eight Britons killed in the massacre have now arrived back in the UK.

A C-17 military transport aircraft, which left Tunis airport earlier today, landed at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Tunisian authorities are questioning several suspected associates of Rezgui, who had links to the terror group Islamic State (IS).

A minute’s silence will be held in memory of the victims at noon on Friday, a week after the outrage.

Flags are expected to be flown at half-mast over government departments and Buckingham Palace that day.

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