First pictures of ‘amazing’ Brit and wife shot dead by Isis on honeymoon safari
The couple have been named as Dave and Celia Barlow.
A married British couple who were among three people murdered by an Isis linked rebel group in Uganda have been named and pictured.
The couple, named locally as Dave and Celia Barlow, were on a safari trip touring the Queen Elizabeth National Park on Tuesday when they were attacked by suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group.
Families and those known to the couple from Hampstead Norreys in Berkshire, were sent words of tribute from their local church.
Richard Davies, Church Warden of St Mary’s Church Hampstead Norreys posted online: ‘We wake today with a heavy heart, and the deepest sorrow to hear the devastating news of the death of Dave and Celia Barlow.
‘This is for so many of us, incomprehensible. Our thoughts are with their families, their much loved friends and all who knew them in Hampstead Norreys and our wider community. We also remember the family of their Ugandan guide, who was also killed.
‘Words cannot express how to react to this dreadful news.
‘The church is open, all are welcome for private thoughts and prayers. You are invited to light a candle in memory of Dave and Celia.’
Hampstead Norreys Cricket Club announced Dave was a member of the local cricket club and was well recognised around the area.
Club secretary Oliver Laurence posted online: ‘We have learned this morning of the tragic deaths of Dave and Celia Barlow. Both were honeymooning in Uganda.
‘Dave has been a constant around the Hampstead Norreys Cricket Club for many, many years, and among the many of us who had the privilege to share a joke with him, play cricket with him, and watch as he took wicket after wicket with his famously slow action was a treat.
‘He was at the time this incident occurred with the most important person in his life, a woman who we all knew so well, as Dave was so proud to share all of Celia’s achievements. She too was an amazing human being, who will be desperately missed.
‘Lord Barlow as we fondly know him by will be with us forever. The entire club’s thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Celia’s families right now.
‘I was so excited at the future of HNCC with Dave by my side as our Chairman. I will, we will, take a moment before moving forward.
‘But, I know deep down Dave would want us to thrive, and we will in time honor him in the right way, and at the right time move forward as he would want.
‘Right now though, it’s about his family, and close friends and all of us.’
Celia was Senior Vice President Design & Project Development at Belmond and the company said in a statement: ‘We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of our colleague Celia Geyer along with her husband David, while on honeymoon in Uganda.
‘A true pioneer at heart and a highly respected leader in our industry, Celia is a very much-loved member of our Belmond family and will be much missed.
‘Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Celia and David’s family.’
Ugandan police and the president have said the killers were members of the Allied Democratic Forces, a group with ties to IS.
The Ugandan troops are pursuing members of the group in the nearby Congo.
Following the incident, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office updated its travel advice for Uganda, warning against ‘all but essential travel’ to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
A statement on its website said: ‘If you are currently in the Park, you should follow the advice of local security authorities. If you are able to do so safely, you should consider leaving the area.’
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