Sri Lanka attack victims: IT director from Manchester killed in hotel bomb blast

The Telegraph – An IT director from Manchester has been named among the 310 people killed in the Sri Lanka attacks.

Lorraine Campbell, 55, was staying at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo when it was targeted by suicide bombers during a series of co-ordinated attacks on Easter Sunday.

Ms Campbell was in Sri Lanka on a business trip and was living in Dubai at the time of her death. She is the eighth British victim to have been named following the atrocities.

Her husband Neil said: “Lorraine was a real tour de force, she epitomised the qualities she lived by, and was a conduit for bringing people together to both make things happen, and make them better.

“I’ve lost my best friend in the world for all the adventures we shared and planned for the future.

“I, Lorraine’s family and friends are in a state of disbelief and grief for what has happened and as such, would respectfully ask that our privacy at this difficult time is respected.”

Her son, Mark Campbell, 32, said: “She had messaged me before the trip to say she was nervous about flying there because of fever. She was quite worked up about it, but I told her she would be all right. I never thought something like this could happen.”

Mr Campbell described his mother’s happiness at finding Mr Evans, who was “everything she wanted in a man”, and overcame her reluctance to remarry. Mr Evans gave up his own career in the UK to move to Dubai with her, he added.

Photo – Neil Evans and Lorraine Campbell share a toast on a first-class flight to Dubai, where they were moving to start a new life

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