Tunisia Attack Couple Reported Dead

30 June 2015, 12:32

There are reports the family of a couple who were unaccounted for after the Tunisian massacre have said they are dead.

Billy and Lisa Graham, from Bankfoot, near Perth, had not been heard of since the attack at the Sousse beach resort on Friday.

The couple had been staying in one of the hotels where the terrorist attack happened and were feared to have died in the massacre.

The Daily Record reported that Mr Graham's older brother Lindsay Graham has contacted them with the news that the couple had died.

In the message to the paper, 53-year-old Lindsay said: "Just to tell you my brother Billy and his wife Lisa are dead.''

The paper said that Billy Graham had been in the Army for 22 years and retired after service in Northern Ireland, Kuwait and Iraq.

Lindsay Graham, from Angus, told the newspaper the family had been going through "absolute torture'' as they waited for information about the missing couple.

He said: "Billy was based in Northern Ireland on active duty, then served in Kuwait and Iraq too.

"He joined the Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards because it was the same regiment as Lisa's father.

"He had the option to leave after nine years but he was determined to complete the whole 22 years.''

The development came as Britons injured in the massacre arrived back in the UK.

Another couple from Scotland confirmed dead are Jim and Ann McQuire, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire.

Their minister from Cumbernauld Abronhill Church of Scotland recently paid tribute to them, 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.

St Johnstone FC paid tribute to Mr Graham, who had worked on match days at the club's McDiarmid Park home for seven years.

The club said everyone at McDiarmid Park is "shocked and saddened'' to learn of the death of the turnstile operator.

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 couple had been at the resort celebrating Lisa's 50th birthday, the statement said.