Monday 24 October 2016

Young man (22) stabbed to death on last night of holiday in Ayia Napa

Catherine Wylie

Published 15/08/2016 | 06:57

George Low Credit: Facebook
George Low Credit: Facebook

An estate agent from Kent was stabbed to death on the last night of a holiday in the holiday resort of Ayia Napa in Cyprus.

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George Low, 22,  nicknamed "Gorgeous George" by his family, suffered fatal neck injuries while out clubbing with friends on Saturday night.

His friend was also knifed in the back by the two attackers, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Mr Low had worked as a night club manager in Ayia Napa for two seasons, but had returned to the UK to work as an estate agent.

He had been visiting friends for a week in Cyprus and was due to fly home just hours after his death.

His mother Helen Low, 47, received a phone call from George's friend in the early hours of this morning and could not believe her beloved son had been killed.

Mrs Low, a community carer, speaking from the family home in Dartford, Kent said: "He was due to be coming home today it was his last night when he got stabbed and he was there for a week.

"He was there with his friend who was also stabbed four times in the back.

"We got a phone call this morning at about 3.30am and it was from George's friend telling us what had happened.

"We did not believe it at first and I didn't think it could be him, I still don't believe it even though I now know it's true.

She added: "George absolutely lived life to the full and he got on with everybody. He was very, very popular.

"He was an estate agent and he loved his job and meeting people. He had a nickname 'Gorgeous George, the one and only' we used to call him.

"He was not a fighter, he just wanted to enjoy life."

He leaves behind his dad Martyn, 55, two brothers, Wesley, 23, and Oliver, 11, and two sisters, Laura, 19 and Millie, 17.

He had moved back home to Dartford where he lived with his family while he saved for a deposit for a house and worked at local Acorn Estate Agents.

His mother said: "He had great times travelling in Ayia Napa and he was saving to get a deposit for a house.

"He went to Ayia Napa with one friend and he had spent two seasons there as a nightclub manager before so he knew lots of people. Everyone loved him, he had a lot of respect."

"Laura is in Gran Canaria at the moment and we were terrified that she would find out when it went viral. We had to try and get in touch with her and she is distraught.

"The Foreign Office are being very good and they are waiting on a report back from the police about what happened. They are scouring CCTV to try and find George's two attackers.

"He went there for a week in June for his birthday with some friends too. We were all so proud of him and he was our world."

When news of his death spread through social media, friends expressed their shock and disbelief that their "legend" had been killed.

Lewis Taylor said: "I can't believe this. George Low you was a legend and always had a smile on your face and never wanted any trouble. I hope they catch the scum who did this. I will miss you buddy.

"It also makes me feel so lucky to have got home safe after being attacked with a knife in Napa a couple of years ago. This world is a scary place."

Another friend Ashley James Hayes said: "Genuinely can't believe this, was having a laugh and a joke with him a few hours before. Rest in peace bro, will be truly missed."

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