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"She was a rock" - Family pay tribute to Tunisia victim

The family of a woman from Blackwood killed in the terror attacks in Tunisia last week have paid tribute to a caring person, who was always willing to help others.

Trudy Jones was killed in the terror attacks in Tunisia on Friday. Credit: Gwent Police

Although formal identification has yet to take place, it's believed 51-year-old Trudy Joneswas among the 38 people who died following the attack by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui on Friday.

Ms Jones family have released the following through their family liaison officer:

“Our mother of all people didn’t deserve this, such a caring person who put everyone else before herself. Always willing to help others, she loved everyone around her including all of the people she cared for at work. She’ll be missed by so many people. She was the rock of our family and kept us all going. None of us have a clue how we’re going to cope without her. We are all devastated and would appreciate if everyone can respect our privacy. Please leave us grieve our beautiful mother”.

– Trudy Jones' family
Trudy Jones was a mother and a grandmother. Credit: Wales News Service

Elsewhere Matthew James, a 30-year-old man from Trehafod, has returned home and is recovering in hospital after being shot three times whilst trying to protect his girlfriend from the gunman.

Woman describes helping Welsh couple after shooting

A woman has described how she helped a Welsh couple caught up in the Tunisia terror attack.

Mathew James is now recovering in hospital in Wales after being shot three times while protecting his fiancee Sarae Wilson from the gunman.

Olivia Leathley, 24 and from Cheshire, told ITV News that she saw Saera in the hotel lobby "in hysterics" after he had been shot, lent her a phone to ring her family, and helped her communicate with hotel staff as she tried to find Mathew again.


Councillor: Death brings global terror dangers close to home

A local councillor has spoken of how the death of a grandmother from his community in Blackwood has brought the dangers of terrorism around the world shockingly close to home.

Care home worker Trudy Jones, 52, was killed in the terror attack in Tunisia on Friday.

Cllr Nigel Dix told our Valleys Correspondent Hannah Thomas: "I never dreamed it would be someone in my area that could have been a victim of an attack."

"It just goes to show, you can go away on holiday, it's supposed to be a happy time - but the situation with terrorism around the world - it can be anywhere."

"It has brought home to everyone really how the situation is in the world today with terrorism - that it can affect communities in Wales."

Family 'devastated' by death of Blackwood grandmother

The niece of a woman killed in the terror attack in Tunisia has told ITV News how her family are "devastated" by her death.

She said that Trudy Jones was a loving mother and grandmother - and they can't believe she "went on holiday to relax - and never came home."

Trudy, 52, was on holiday from her job at Highfields Care Home in Blackwood, when she was shot on Friday.

Trudy Jones was one of 38 people killed in the terror attack in Sousse, Tunisia. Credit: Wales News Service

Blackwood care home worker killed in Tunisia shooting

A care home worker from Caerphilly county borough has been named as one of the people killed in the Tunisian terror attack.

Trudy Jones, 52, worked at Highfields Care Home in Blackwood.

She has been described as an "absolute angel" by residents.

Trudy Jones is one of 38 people killed in the Tunisian terror attack. Credit: Wales News Service

It is believed she was on a week-long holiday, and on the beach in Sousse when the gunman opened fire on Friday.

It is understood her partner was with her and survived the shooting.


Woman from Blackwood killed in Tunisia terror attack

A woman from Blackwood, in Caerphilly county borough, has been named as one of the people killed in the terror attack in Tunisia.

Islwyn MP Chris Evans has released a statement saying that Trudy Jones, from the town, was among the 38 victims.

When the news broke of the evil attack on innocent holidaymakers in Tunisia we knew it was likely that British citizens were among the casualties.

The reality of this horrific and brutal attack has now been brought home to our communities with the news that Trudy Jones of Blackwood is among those murdered.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

– Chris Evans, MP for Islwyn
Tributes have been left on the beach where the shootings happened. Credit: EPA

Welsh 'hero' in stable condition in hospital back home

A Welshman shot three times in the Tunisian terror attack is in a "stable and comfortable condition" in hospital here.

Mathew James threw himself in the way of the gunman to protect his fiancee Saera Wilson.

Saera Wilson posted this 'thumbs up' photo of Mathew in hospital back in Wales this morning. Credit: Facebook - Saera Wilson

South Wales Police has now released this statement on behalf of Mathew and Saera, thanking medical teams who treated him in Tunisia, and back here.

Mathew is currently in a stable and comfortable condition – and he and his fiancée Saera are doing well, and are happy to be back in the UK.

They wish to thank all of the medical teams in both Tunisia and the UK for all of their professional assistance, care and support.

They would also like to thank everyone involved in ensuring their safe return to the UK and the support shown by family, friends and the public.

They now request privacy in order to recover from the incident.

– Family statement

First Minister: 'Possible' Welsh victims of Tunisia attack

The First Minister has warned that there is a "possibility" that some of those killed in the Tunisian terror attack were from Wales.

38 people died in Friday's attack at a popular tourist beach in Sousse.

15 of those killed have been confirmed as British - but that figure is expected to rise. No Welsh victim has yet been identified.

Tributes have been left on the beach where the shootings happened. Credit: EPA
Carwyn Jones described the attack as a senseless act of violence. Credit: PA

It has been shocking to hear the details of the horrific attack in Tunisia. My thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this senseless act of violence.

I am being kept informed about the situation in Tunisia as we learn more about the identities of those killed. We know that at least 15 of those killed have been British, and while there have not yet been any confirmed victims from Wales, we must prepare ourselves for that possibility.

The Welsh Government is ready to offer any assistance it can as we deal with the aftermath of this tragedy.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister
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