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Crash in buggy kills couple on honeymoon

A NEWLY married couple died on their honeymoon in the Maldives when their buggy crashed into a tree, leaving their young son an orphan.

Jonathan and Emma Gray, were found injured at the roadside at the Kuredu Island Resort and Spa.

Mr Gray was in his 20s and his new wife was 25. They had a young child who did not go with them on the honeymoon and was being looked after by a grandparent in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Around a dozen floral tributes were left at the couple's home with teddy bears and an empty bottle of champagne.

Friends of the couple visited the house to lay flowers and console each other.

Later, the brother of Emma Gray, who did not give his name, described them "as a wonderful couple".



GOLDEN

He added: "It is all too raw at the moment."

A neighbour of the couple, who did not want to be named, described them as a "golden couple".

Mrs Gray was a teacher at Holy Trinity Primary School in Halifax.

School governor the Rev Martin Russell paid tribute to her.

He said: "She was a very popular teacher at our school, a very genuine person and very enthusiastic. She loved her children. She was very popular with the staff.

"When the children heard she was getting married it was big news at the school. There was an end-of-term service in the church and a special presentation was made to her in which she skipped up the aisle.

"When we heard the news about her tragic death everybody was absolutely devastated."

Mr Russell said a special service had been held in memory of Mrs Gray at Holy Trinity and St Jude's Church.

Maldives Police Service said officers are investigating what happened to the honeymooners in the accident last Friday. A third person was also injured in the crash and is in hospital.

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