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15 April 2015, 07:22
A teacher from Durham has been killed in a car accident in Mexico.
23 year old Alix Bussey, had been on holiday with her boyfriend Jonathan Boyle, in the resort of Riviera Maya and they were coming to the end of their first trip abroad together.
But tragedy struck when she was hit by a car as they made their way back to their hotel after a night out.
Ms Bussey, a teacher at Bowburn Infants School, Bowburn, County Durham, had studied at Northumbria University before securing her first job in teaching at the school.
Today her parents Colin and Penny, and younger sister, 21-year-old Leigh, spoke of their shock at her death and said she had lived life to the full.
Mrs Bussey, 50, said:
"We're absolutely devastated by what has happened and waiting to be given more information by the Foreign Office. Alix adored being a teacher, it was all she wanted to do from the age of seven and she was devoted to the education and welfare of the children she taught.
She lived life to the full, loved to party and she and Jonathan were besotted with each other. Although they had been away on several occasions this was their first holiday abroad and they had been having a great experience.
Only the night before she had texted Leigh to say she was having 'the bestest time ever'.''
Mr Bussey, 55 said:
"Alix had a wide circle of friends and the support we have had from them, and members of both families has been unbelievable. All of our thoughts are with Jonathan and his family as they are going through this with us.''
The family said last year she had visited India as part of a school exchange and was also a season ticket holder at Newcastle United with her father and sister.
Durham Constabulary said they were working with the family after the incident on Thursday and an inquest would take place in due course.