The family of a New Zealand woman shot on a Libyan beach
say they have been "devastated by the loss of a loved mother,
sister and friend".
Health worker Lynn Howie, 46, will be farewelled at a private
service at the Kingswood funeral home in Upper Hutt tomorrow.
Ms Howie and her British-born boyfriend Mark De Salis, 48,
were reportedly killed execution-style as they picnicked on
an isolated beach at Sabratha, about 100km from Tripoli,
earlier this month.
The mother-of-two was in Libya to visit Mr De Salis, who she
had planned to live with after a UK holiday and her return to
Ms Howie's family, who have repeatedly requested privacy
since her death, released a short statement today ahead of
her funeral tomorrow.
"Our family has been devastated by the loss of a loved
mother, sister and friend. Her unexpected passing has been
difficult for everyone who knew her," the statement,
distributed by police, said.
Ms Howie's death has been referred to the coroner. No arrests
have been made in Libya, Mfat said last week.
- Matthew Backhouse of APNZ