Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Inquest Told How Victim Died at Gunman's Hands

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Inquest Told How Victim Died at Gunman's Hands

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Byline: KeiranSouthern Reporter @KeiranSouthern

AGRANDMOTHER died from a gunshot wound to the head as her friends fled killer Seifed dine Rezgui during the Tunisia terror attacks.

An inquest into Lisa Burbidge's death also heard how the devoted Gateshead mum was killed on the 10th anniversary of her husband's death.

Ms Burbidge was among 38 people killed by extremist Rezgui, who opened fire at the five-star Riu Impe rial Marhaba Hotel in the Tunisian resort of Sousse.

The 66-yeaold, from Whickham, was on holiday with three friends when she was shot dead on June 26 2015, 10 years after the death of her husband, Bill.

A beautiful loving mother, daughter Her two daugh ters wept as a por trait of her life was read to the inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice in Lon don, describing how she lived for her family, doted on her grandchil dren and cared for her elderly moth er.

friend Family's "Lisa was taken from us far too early and is missed beyond belief," they said.

"A huge hole is left in so many peo ple's hearts and this can never be filled.

"She was a beautiful person, a lov ing grandmother, mother, sister, daughter and best friend."

The hearing into the deaths of the 30 British victims was told Mrs Bur bidge was on the beach with her friend Jennifer McDine when they heard gunshots.

Ms McDine said in a statement that she had seen a police patrol about 15 minutes earlier and had even remarked how safe Tunisia was.

Moments later she hid behind her sunbed and glanced up to see a figure in black with a gun "just like the ones you see on the TV".

She ran up the beach, thinking her friend was ahead of her, and hid inside a toilet cubicle in the hotel until the attack was over.

"It was just chaos, people were running all over the place while we were being shot at," she added. …

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