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Stephen Mellor funeral: Tunisia gun victim who shielded wife

Cheryl Mellor
Image caption Cheryl Mellor lost a hand and suffered gunshot wounds in the attack on tourists in Tunisia

A funeral has taken place of a victim of the Tunisia beach attack who shielded his wife from the gunman.

Stephen Mellor was among 30 Britons killed in Sousse on 26 June.

The 59-year-old from Bodmin, Cornwall, was on holiday with his wife, Cheryl, when he was killed by Seifeddine Rezgui, a Tunisian student with links to Islamic State extremists.

Mrs Mellor, who lost a hand and suffered gunshot wounds, said Mr Mellor was killed trying to protect her.

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Image caption Cheryl Mellor said her husband died trying to shield her from the gunman

She said in a tribute read by the vicar that he was her "soul mate" and would love him forever.

Mr Mellor was killed when Seifeddine Rezgui, a Tunisian student with links to Islamic State extremists, opened fire on the beach last month.

His coffin was led into St Petroc's Church to an accompaniment of Funeral For A Friend sung by Elton John.

An inquest into the killing has been opened and adjourned in London.

The Reverend Graham Minors said before the funeral: "Cheryl loved him dearly and that will be the theme today, about love of family and the love they had together."

Image caption Mrs Mellor is among mourners at the funeral in Bodmin
Image caption Flowers left in memory of Stephen Mellor at St Petroc's Church

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