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Families and friends of the victims make emotional pilgrimage to bomb sites.

RELATIVES of those killed and injured in the London bombings yesterday made sombre pilgrimages to the places where their lives were shattered.

Loved ones travelled from near and far to lay flowers and shed tears at the scenes which turned to bloody carnage when suicide bombers struck 17 days ago.

The deadliest was 19-year-old Germaine Lindsay, who struck on the Piccadilly Line between Russell Square and King's Cross, killing himself and 26 others.

One of them was Karolina Gluck, a Polish 29-year-old living in Finsbury Park, north London, who had waved goodbye that morning to boyfriend Richard Deer, 28.

He and her relatives paid tribute to her in a condolence book set up in a gazebo near the sealed-off Russell Square station and filled with floral tributes to the dead.

Mr Deer wrote: 'I think about you all the time and I will never ever forget what we had. What we had was indescribable, so so special. I love you Karolina and know that you are still close.'

Childhood sweethearts Lee Harris, 30, and Samantha Badham, 36, died together in the blast. Their parents held each other as they paid a silent farewell.

The family of James Adams, 32, from Peterborough, also came. His mother was comforted by British Transport Police chaplain the Rev Ian Gentles.

One young woman travelled from Australia to join three friends remembering Vietnamese-American former tour guide Mike Matsushita, who was 37.

The son of Mala Trivedi paid tribute to his late mother wearing a rugby shirt with the name 'Trivedi' on the back.

Just a few blocks away, five families made quiet visits to Tavistock Square, where Hasib Hussain, an 18-year-old from Leeds, took the lives of himself and 13 others.

Some wept, some hugged each other, others spoke together of their losses.

One woman, still wearing a neck brace to support her spine after being injured in the blast, overcame her clear physical discomfort to pay her respects to those who died.

At Aldgate station, a woman was visibly moved after arriving with another woman and a man to leave a simple red-and-white bouquet.

It was there that another suicide terrorist from Leeds22-year-old Shehzad Tanweer, wiped out seven others with him. At Edgware Road, four groups of bereaved relatives descended to an eerily silent Tube platform to peer into the tunnel where their loved ones were killed.

Below a Tube map, they left lilies, gladioli and sunflowers, together with personal messages and a photograph of one of the victims murdered by Mohammad Sidique Khan, a 30-year-old from Dewsbury, West Yorks.

Det Insp Jed Ashcroft, from the Family Liaison Advisory team, said the visits had been asked for by families. 'Difficult as it may be, I think that part of the grieving process necessitates a visit to the scene,' he said.

Before the visits, more than 230 relatives and friends attended a briefing with senior detectives including Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of Scotland Yard's Anti-Terrorist Branch, who is leading the investigation into the bombings.

Supt Annette Wightman, in charge of the Family Assistance centre, said: 'People have been upset but the briefing was worthwhile and we hope the families have got something out of it

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2005
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