A survivor of the London 7/7 bombings has committed suicide in the wake of last Monday’s suicide blast in Manchester.
52-Year-Old Tony Walter was discovered dead in his home having reportedly taken his own life just hours after the deadly explosion at the Manchester Arena.
Tony, who was from Tottenham, survived a bomb detonated nearly 12 years ago on the London underground as a tube train departed Edgware Road station. Friends believe recent events brought back horrific memories Tony could no longer cope with.
As reported by The Mirror, a friend of Tony said:
He is the 23rd victim of Salman Abedi ‘s suicide bombing.
While another commented:
He didn’t want to live in a world where these terror attacks continue.
Tony was reportedly just ten feet away from Mohammad Sidique Khan who carried an explosive device onto the tube, and survived despite being hit by considerable shrapnel.
The attack on the tube in 2005 took the lives of seven people, including Khan, while 56 died in total as a result of several other detonations across London on the same day.
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One friend explained that his struggles with the rise in terror related incidents on UK soil were plain to see.
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.
Eventually he returned to work but seemed so withdrawn and glum. We were worried about him. When he didn’t appear at work following the Manchester Arena atrocity, his colleagues began to get worried. He’d not been in a good way and people were concerned at his state of mind.
Everyone that knew Tony believes he is the 23rd victim of the Manchester Arena attack.
Our thoughts remain with all those affected by recent events.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.