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CARLY ESCAPED GUNMAN ONLY TO DIE IN GRENADE BLAST.

Byline: SIMON WRIGHT AND GRACE MACASKILL

TUNISIA massacre victim Carly Lovett escaped from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui as he sprayed holidaymakers with bullets - only to be killed in a grenade blast.

Gifted photographer Carly, 24, became separated from her fiance Liam Moore during the bloodbath on the beach and ran back to what she thought was the safety of her hotel.

But she died when the lobby area was blown up shortly after the shootings. Liam, 24, survived and called his parents Christopher and Helen to tell them he was safe, promising to call back once he found Carly.

The two got engaged last Christmas after dating since they were 14. They left the UK on Wednesday for a two week holiday in the resort of Sousse.

Carly had tweeted excitedly that day: "Definitely leaving in like three hours and definitely am not finished packing."

Three days earlier she shared the last photograph of her and Liam on Instagram with the message: "It's been a long day. I'm so bloody knackered. Here's my 'crazy tired but here I am awake' face..." On Friday they were sunbathing on the beach when Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire with a Kalashnikov.

A friend, who asked not to be named, said: "The family are absolutely devastated". Liam called his parents because he knew they would be worried but said he had become separated from Carly. He promised to call back once he'd found her.

"But then Carly's mum got a call from the local paper to say her daughter was dead.

"Apparently she'd made it from the beach but was in the hotel lobby when a terrorist came in and threw a grenade. It's an absolute tragedy She was such a friendly, lovely girl."

Last night, Carly's divorced parents John and Joanne were too upset to comment on the tragedy.

Police officers were stationed at both their homes and they were being comforted by relatives.

A week ago, Carly posted a Father's Day photograph on social media of her and her dad when she was a little girl along with the message: "Hoping that my Dad liked his present today! One of my favourite photos of us!"

A neighbour of the modern, threebedroom semi-detached house in a quiet cul de sac which Carly shared with her mum and younger sister Jordan said: "We've only just found out. It is so socking and upsetting.

"We didn't know Carly very well because she lives mainly with her boyfriend. But they are a lovely family. We still just can't believe that she has been killed." Another neighbour of Carly's dad, who lives on a new estate two miles away, added: "We're in shock. It's unbelievable. Heaven knows what the family is going through." Carly was a photographer for e-commerce website Fizzco based near her home in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. She graduated two years ago from a media course at Lincoln University.

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Date:Jun 28, 2015
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