Wednesday 13 November 2019

Slain engineer praised as good neighbour and perfect father

Tom Whitehead Duncan

SAAD al-Hilli was last night described as the "perfect father" and a "bright engineer" who could always be relied upon to help others.

Neighbours and friends spoke of their devastation of the "horror" that had hit the close-knit family.

The two youngsters who survived the carnage were described at "stunning little girls", with "eyes like deer's".

No one could imagine any one wanting to target the family and insisted Mr al-Hilli's job as a mechanical engineer was "very civilian" and not secretive.

He had fled Iraq with his parents in the 1970s.

He went to school in London, but persuaded his parents to move to Claygate, Surrey, in 1984 so he could pursue his passion for cycling.

He met his wife, Iqbal, in Dubai 10 years ago and they started a "great love affair", a neighbour said.

Mr al-Hilli worked on 3D computer assisted design.

One friend said he had helped design the galley of the Airbus 380.

The friend, who would only call himself James, said: "He was the kind of guy you could ring for help if your car broke down at 8pm and he would say, 'come round' and we would spend until midnight fixing.'' (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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