Monday, 29 May 2017
Survivor of 7/7 London terror attack commits suicide hours after Manchester bombing
A survivor of 7/7 was found dead hours after the Manchester Arena attack — amid fears he took his own life. Haunted Tony Walter, 52, was discovered at his home after failing to go to work. A friend said:
“He is the 23rd victim of Salman Abedi‘s suicide bombing.”Friends believe he killed himself because he was overwhelmed by the horror of yet more innocent lives lost to terrorism.
“He didn’t want to live in a world where these ¬terror attacks continue.”
According to the UK Sun, Police found the 52-year-old dead at his home when he failed to turn up to work after suicide bomber Salman Abedi murdered 22 and injured 116 at Manchester Arena.
On July 7, 2007, Tony was yards from fanatic Mohammad Sidique Khan when he detonated a device on a Tube train after it left Edgware Road station. Seven people, including Khan, died. Tony was showered with shrapnel but survived. Friends believe the Manchester bombing, coupled with the Westminster attack in March when four people were killed by Khalid Masood, brought back traumatic memories of 7/7 and Tony could not cope. Staff at the London legal firm where he worked were told by a boss on Thursday morning that he had taken his own life.
The friend said:
“Everyone is distraught by Tony taking his life.After the Westminster attack Tony really struggled.He was off work for a few days saying he couldn’t cope with how it brought back the memories of 7/7.