Friday, December 08, 2006

A British charity worker has been found murdered in India and police are investigating reports that he may have been stoned to death

Richard Savill:

The body of Michael Blakey, 23, was found partially hidden under rocks in a gully in Dharamsala, a hill town in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

Mr Blakey, a university graduate, from Burnley, Lancs, had been working as a volunteer for the Tong Len charity in the region since June 23, helping displaced families from some of the poorest parts of India.

His tourist visa was valid until Dec 22, when he was due to return home to spend Christmas with his family before heading back to India in the New Year for a further six months' charity work.

He went missing on Nov 23 and six days later his body was discovered by a visitor close to St John's Church in the Wilderness, which he regularly attended.

The charity said yesterday that police suspected more than one person was involved in the murder and that it was probable Mr Blakey did not know his killers.

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At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally know Mike Blakey. He graduated from Swansea University in the summer of 2005. I graduated from the same uni a year after him in the summer of 2006. We usually go to the International Friendship House (also known as 'The Sign Post') in Swansea where we would play table tennis.

I've known him for more than a year and a half when he left for India in the middle of June 2006, and I'd always known him as a really nice, kind and friendly guy.

I've heard him play the piano before, and I think he plays quite well.

I was expecting to see him again later in December, but little did I expect I'll never be able to see him again. The news of his murder in India really saddens me. It took quite a while for the reality to sink in. I will never again be able to see him at Sign Post and play table tennis with him. His absence is greatly missed.

My deepest condolence to Mike's family and his parents. It's all too heart wrenching for nice people like him to be unjustly killed. But God is just, and He will avenge the death his of anointed ones.


At 3:54 PM, Blogger Adam Lawson said...

More on the murder:

Phone clue in charity murder hunt


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