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Last Updated: Friday, 22 July, 2005, 19:45 GMT 20:45 UK
Wedding prayers for bomb victim
Stephen Stables and Helyn Bennett
Stephen Stables has yet to be told of his fiancÚ's death
A young woman murdered in a bus bomb attack in Turkey is to be remembered at the wedding of her best friend.

Helyn Bennett, 21, of Spennymoor, died with five other people in the terrorist attack in Kusadasi a week ago.

She was to have been the bridesmaid at the marriage of her best friend Stacy Haigh, 21, on Saturday.

In the wake of the tragedy Ms Haigh had considering postponing the wedding, but instead guests will say special prayers to remember a "beautiful" woman.

Ms Bennett's fiance Stephen Stables, 23, who was also involved in the blast with other members of her family is still too ill in hospital in Turkey to be told of her death.

Her mother, Sharon Holden, 41, who missed the bomb blast because she was on a day trip to a Greek island, said on Friday she knew immediately that her family was involved.

She said: "Call it a mother's instinct, but all day I knew that something was up."

She paid tribute to her "beautiful, bubbly" daughter who was "so in love" with Mr Stables.

Sharon and Tom Holden
Helyn Bennett's parents paid tribute to their daughter

Ms Bennett's brother, Adam Megoran, 16, suffered burns after being blown through a window.

Her aunt Toni Punshon, 31, of Sherburn, Durham, was also injured as was her son, Sam, 14, and her partner, Michael Aspinall.

Mr Aspinall is still in Turkey, but the others have been flown home and are being treated at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.


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