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Last Updated: Friday, 25 April, 2003, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
Tributes paid to ITN journalist
Terry Lloyd's coffin
An inquest is being held into Terry Lloyd's death
Warm tributes have been paid at the funeral of ITN journalist Terry Lloyd, who was killed during the Iraq war.

Four pallbearers led a procession of mourners into the service at St Nicholas Church in Cuddington, Buckinghamshire on Friday.

His widow, Lynn, daughter Chelsey, 21, and son Oliver, 11, followed the coffin.

The 51-year-old was shot dead on 22 March while reporting independently from the desert - one of the journalists not "embedded" with US and UK forces.

David Mannion, editor of ITV News, told the service that Mr Lloyd was a "world-class journalist".

For 20 years in the troubled spots of the world he went about his work courageously
David Mannion, editor, ITV News

He described Mr Lloyd as a "man's man" who had worked in some of the toughest areas of the world.

"Even in the most difficult times, Terry remained devoted to Lynn, almost desperately so at times, and Chelsey and Oliver were his very heart and soul."

"For 20 years in the troubled spots of the world he went about his work courageously."

Famous report

He also reminded the congregation how Mr Lloyd had reported on the gassing of the Iraqi town of Halabja.

"It was that report which alerted the world to the terror of Saddam's regime - and inevitably to the war that led to the loss of Terry's own life."

Terry Lloyd in Iraq
Terry Lloyd had reported on a number of international conflicts

Also among the mourners was Daniel Demoustier, who was injured in the same incident in which Mr Lloyd died.

ITV News cameraman Fred Nerac and local translator Hussein Othman are still officially missing after the incident.

The crew were shot at as they were trying to reach fighting near Basra.

Mr Lloyd grew up in the East Midlands and one of his first reporting jobs was attending an inquest into his policeman father's death during a 999 call.

His body was flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on 11 April.

An inquest was opened at the air base four days later.

Oxfordshire coroner Nicholas Gardiner said Mr Lloyd was "caught between crossfire of opposing forces and died from injuries received".

The hearing was adjourned for 10 weeks.




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