Nine Victims Brought Home on Thursday Include Fulham Woman

Family pay tribute to Janet Stocker ahead of minute silence on Friday

Janet and John Stocker

Victims of Tunisian Attack Brought to Coroner's Office in Fulham

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Nine more victims of the beach attack in Tunisian were expatriated to Britain on Thursday, including Janet Stocker, who was born and brought up in Fulham.

As with yesterday's repatriation, the victims' coffins were carried from RAF Brize Borton in a convoy of hearses to West London Coroners Office in Bagley's Lane in Fulham.

Two more flights will bring the remaining dead home on Friday and Saturday and one minute's silence in their honour will held at noon on Friday, July 3 - one week after the deadly attack by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui.

Matches at Wimbledon will start later to allow players, spectators and staff to take part.

The first inquests into the 30 Tunisia deaths were due to be opened at West London Coroner's Court on Thursday afternoon, but were delayed until Friday. Further inquests are due to be opened at the court on Saturday and Sunday by Senior Coroner Chinyere Inyama.

Janet Stocker, who was 63 and lived in Crawley, West Sussex was on holiday with her husband John, 74, when they were killed on the beach near Sousse.

Mrs Stocker, was born and raised with her two brothers in Fulham, while her husband was a retired printer who grew up in Peckham.

The couple had five children and ten children, and the family said in a statement: "Mum and dad were the happiest, most loving couple who enjoyed life's simple pleasures as well as the pleasures and love of their extensive family and their many friends, but most of all they were still very much in love with each other.

"They were both young at heart and enjoyed all that life could offer, and especially enjoyed travelling to new places, exploring and appreciating local cultures, and they died together doing what they enjoyed most; sunbathing side by side.

"They made a huge impact on our lives, and touched the hearts of so many people and they will both be sorely missed and never forgotten by the family and all that knew and loved them for all the reasons that made them so special as a couple, and as the two most honest and genuine people that they were."


July 3, 2015