A University of Lincoln graduate and aspiring beauty blogger was killed in Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia.
Carly Lovett, 24, from Gainsborough, graduated with a first in Product Design in 2013. It is understood she was on her second day of holiday with her fiancée, friends, and family.
Carly escaped a crazed gunman’s hail of bullets on a beach in Sousse only to die from a grenade blast in the hotel lobby.
On Friday 26 June, she was the first Briton named of 15 confirmed British victims of Seifeddine Rezgui, who was later shot dead by Tunisian police.
She had been engaged to her fiancée, Liam Moore, since December 2014.
Tributes for the avid photographer have been flooding in over the last few days – many from friends, family, and fellow bloggers.
Through a statement released by Lincolnshire Police, her parents and family paid the following tribute:
“Carly’s parents, Joanne and Kev, fiancé Liam, sister Jordan, brother Daniel, stepfather John, stepmother Tracey, and step-brothers Simon and Max, would like to thank everyone for their kind words of support at this very difficult time.
“Carly was and always will be our beautiful shining light; she was funny, clever, artistic and radiated love and happiness around her.
“Carly recently got engaged to Liam, her childhood sweetheart of 10 years. Both were excited and looking forward to a bright future together filled with love and happiness. This has now been cruelly taken away.
“To move forward through this we will try to do what we believe Carly would want and that is to love, cherish and support each other.
“The support received from family, friends and people we don’t know has been overwhelming and has been a great comfort to us all.
“Carly, may you soar with the angels and we pray with all our hearts that this evil, and such disregard for human life, will end so no other family will feel the pain that we do today and always will.”
Members of her online blogging community posted their condolences on Twitter. Michelle Phillips tweeted: “@ceejayell_ Utterly heartbreaking!!! How dare your life be taken away so soon!!! Rest in peace x.”
@ceejayell_ Utterly heartbreaking!!! How dare your life be taken away so soon!!! Rest in peace x
— Michelle Phillips (@Michelle8xx) June 29, 2015
Another blogger, @heaven_america also tweeted:
“@ceejayell_ so sorry for the loss of you in our world. Last tweets are haunting RIP my prayers go to those families.”
— Heavenamerica (@heaven_america) June 29, 2015
A minute’s silence will be held across the nation on Friday as a mark of respect to the 38 victims killed in the attack, David Cameron announced today.
It was also revealed that the Tunisian government has made more arrests in relation to the incident.
Both the Prime Minister and her local MP, Sir Edward Leigh, have also paid tribute to the former photographer, who worked for web design & sales company Fizzco Ltd, based in Fillingham near Gainsborough.
West Lindsey District Council will also hold a minute’s silence at the next council meeting on Friday 3 July.Tweet