David Haines’ widow told friends today that his heartbroken family were suffering “the most difficult days” of their lives.
A sickening video of the British aid worker’s beheading was released on Saturday night as bloodthirsty Islamic State militants struck for a third time.
Since the murder, dad-of-two David’s devastated wife Dragana, 44, has been surrounded by their close family.
Today she told a friend: “I would like to thank you for the love you are giving us in the most difficult days of our lives. Thank you for being with us.”
The friend, who asked not to be named, said of Dragana: “She’s been crying a great deal. She’s spending all her time at home with the family.
“She hasn’t told their daughter yet. She’s only four years old and doesn’t understand what is going on.
“I knew David very well. I worked with him in the same building for five or six years.
“I felt stunned when I heard the news of him being killed. Firstly I was shocked when I heard that he was kidnapped.
“I expected he would die because I was told the Government would not pay. I don’t know how she feels about the fact the government didn’t pay for his release. I just want to know if she’s all right. I don’t know when I’m going to see her.”
She said David, 44, and his Croatian wife had a “special relationship” and added: “Their wedding was really special. They were really in love. You would see them walking hand in hand on the street, like teenagers in love.”
David’s other daughter, Bethany – by his first wife Louise – also wrote about the family’s struggle on Facebook.
The 17-year-old said: “I was really touched by the messages of support during this hard time.” She added her father “would be really grateful”.
David was kidnapped last year as he delivered humanitarian aid in Syria. His whereabouts were only revealed this month, when IS jihadists threatened to make him their third beheading victim, following the murders of US journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley.
In an orange jumpsuit and kneeling on the sand, David appeared at the end of the footage Steven’s beheading.
Killer “Jihadi John”, vowed the Brit would be next if the West did not halt operations against IS.
And on Saturday the militants released the grim footage of David’s killing, again showing a masked man brandishing a knife in the desert. At the end of the film the terrorist threatened fellow Briton Alan Henning would be next.
David had only been in Syria a few days working for aid organisation Agency for Technical Co-operation and Development last year when he was kidnapped.
Before that he helped out in parts of Croatia torn apart by civil war.
Dubravka Kukic, of Sisak, in Croatia, was a friend of David’s.
Today she said: “I met him 13 years ago. He did a lot for Croatia as a humanitarian worker, and he carried on doing the same sort of good work later in life, something which brought him to his death. But he could never just sit back and see people in need.”
Recalling her last conversation with the aid worker in Sisak, where he lived with wife of almost four years Dragana and his youngest girl, she said he was singing a track by Ronan Keating.
She said: “I’ll never forget that he was singing the same song he was always singing. ‘When you say nothing at all’. They are the last words I heard.”
Born in Holderness, East Yorkshire, Mr Haines was raised in Perth, Scotland. He was known as the “Crazy Scotsman” by the locals he helped in Croatia.
Meanwhile, a candle-lit vigil has been planned on Tuesday night for under-threat British aid worker Alan, after IS terrorists paraded him as their next victim.
Organisers in his home town of Eccles, Greater Manchester, are asking people to take as many candles as possible to the local recreation ground “to shine a light of hope for an amazing man”.
It came as French jets flew reconnaissance missions over Iraq as the West geared up for an assault on IS. The US has conducted repeated air strikes on militants’ positions near Haditha Dam in Anbar, west of Baghdad.
The first of 10 Australian jets also arrived at a UAE base to help.
And yesterday Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting IS launched strikes near Mosul, where the jihadists are in control.
Families of Algeria gas plant victims plead for ‘justice’
The families of six British workers murdered by Islamic terrorists at a BP gas plant in Algeria yesterday begged for justice as an inquest into their deaths got underway.
Kenneth Whiteside, 59, Carson Bilsland, 46, Sebastian John, 26, Stephen Green, 47, Paul Morgan, 46 and Garry Barlow, 49, were among 40 hostages shot by terrorists linked to al-Qaeda at the facility in the In Amenas area in a four-day siege in January 2013.
Stephen’s dad David told the High Court: “My son was robbed of a happy future. Our family want truth and justice for Stephen from this inquest.” The inquest continues.
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