Brendan Vaughan, the British construction worker believed to have been killed in Nigeria, was described by his family as "a lovable rogue" who "lived life to the full."
Relatives of the British man, Brendan Vaughan, who is believed to have been killed by terrorists in Nigeria, have released the following statement:
The family of Brendan Vaughan aged 55 from Rothwell, Leeds are obviously shocked and saddened by recent events.
Brendan, best described as a lovable rogue by everyone who knew him, lived his life to the full and on his own terms.
He was a loved Father, Brother and Fiance who was tragically killed on March 10th 2013.
– family statement
He has been deprived of meeting his first grandchild, a baby girl to be born in May, Brendan may be gone but will be never forgotten.
The family would like to thank friends and family for their support, kindness and condolences. We would also like to thank the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Police for their fantastic support since Brendan was abducted last month.
Brendan Vaughan, the construction worker who was apparently killed by terrorists in Nigeria, is said to have moved to Thailand to start a new life.
A picture on his Facebook page shows him in the south east Asian country.
Vaughan appears to be one of seven hostages killed by terrorists.
All were employees of Setraco, a Lebanese construction company with an operation in Bauchi state, and had been held captive for about a month.
The girlfriend of the British construction worker believed to have been killed by terrorists in Nigeria has written “you’re always in my heart” on his Facebook page.
Friends also used the site to pay tributes - Peter Dixon wrote “RIP mate” while Dom Cooney posted: "Can’t believe it. He was like an ox."
Foreign secretary William Hague said yesterday he believed Brendan Vaughan, who had been taken hostage for three weeks, was killed by terrorist captors “in an act of cold-blooded murder”.
Vaughan was originally from Leeds but is said to have moved to Thailand to start a new life.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said he is determined to track down the terrorists behind the apparent killing of a British hostage.
"Responsibility for this tragic outcome rests squarely with the terrorists. I am grateful to the Nigerian Government for their unstinting help and co-operation," he said.
"We are utterly determined to work with them to hold the perpetrators of this heinous act to account, and to combat the terrorism which so blights the lives of people in Northern Nigeria and in the wider region."
Brendan Vaughan, the British man thought to have been killed in Nigeria by an Islamic extremist group, was "likely to have been murdered in cold blood", the Foreign Secretary said.
William Hague added that the UK had "worked closely" with Nigeria over the last few weeks, and expressed his thanks to the Nigerian authorities.
Sadly we believe British hostage Brendan Vaughan has been killed by his terrorist captors in Nigeria, in an act of cold-blooded murder
My thoughts are with Brendan Vaughan's family and friends, as they come to terms with this tragedy
We will work with Nigeria and other affected countries to bring his killers to justice and tackle terrorism in the region
A British man "likely to have been killed" at the hands of his captors in Nigeria has been named as Brendan Vaughan, Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
It is with deep sadness that I must confirm that a British construction worker, held hostage in Nigeria since 16 February, is likely to have been killed at the hands of his captors, along with six other foreign nationals who we believe were also tragically murdered. This was an act of cold-blooded murder, which I condemn in the strongest terms.
My thoughts are with his family, and the families of the other hostages, who will be devastated by this tragic loss. I offer them our deep condolences at this terrible time, and know that the thoughts of people up and down our country will be with them. I ask the media to allow them time to come to terms with their loss in privacy.
– William Hague
Responsibility for this tragic outcome rests squarely with the terrorists. I am grateful to the Nigerian Government for their unstinting help and cooperation. We are utterly determined to work with them to hold the perpetrators of this heinous act to account, and to combat the terrorism which so blights the lives of people in Northern Nigeria and in the wider region.