Four Scots Dead In Tunisia Attack
30 June 2015, 19:21
Police have confirmed four Scottish people were killed in the Tunisian terror attack.
Billy and Lisa Graham from Perthshire and Jim and Ann McQuire from Cumbernauld were killed.
Commenting on the deaths of Billy and Lisa Graham from Bankfoot, Perthshire North MSP John Swinney said:
"I am deeply sorry that the deaths have been confirmed of my constituents Billy and Lisa Graham in the terrorist atrocity in Tunisia. I have spoken with their daughter Holly over the last few very difficult days, and my heart goes out to her at this tragic news.
"Mr and Mrs Graham were simply enjoying a relaxing holiday when they became victims of this wicked crime. There are no words that can explain the awfulness of this act. We must all remain resolute in our determination to defeat terrorism.
"It has been a difficult and protracted process to secure the identification of victims and for Mr and Mrs Graham this has resulted in this terrible news. Their loss will be felt by the local community in Bankfoot but most acutely by the family and friends they leave behind. I will give every support I can to their daughter Holly and her family in the period ahead to assist in any way that I can."
Jim and Ann McQuire, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, were both killed.
The couple's minister from Cumbernauld Abronhill Church of Scotland paid tribute to them, saying they had a close family and would be sorely missed.
Mr McQuire was a captain in the Boys' Brigade, a Christian youth organisation, which said on its website that it is "shocked and deeply saddened'' by the news.
They added: "They had given a life of service to young people and to the church and community and the prayers and thoughts of The Boys' Brigade go out to their family and friends and to the 5th Cumbernauld Company at this most difficult time.''
Speaking after chairing a Scottish Government resilience meeting on the incident, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
"My deepest condolences go to the families and friends of James and Anne McQuire from Cumbernauld and Billy and Lisa Graham from Bankfoot following official confirmation that they were killed in the terrorist atrocity that unfolded in Tunisia on Friday.
"The Scottish Government, Police Scotland and our partners will continue to do everything we possibly can to provide support to their families and everyone else affected by this incident as they return to Scotland from Tunisia.
"Anyone with any concerns about the welfare of their friends and families should contact the official helpline on 0207 008 0000.''
Not all the British victims have been named.