Tributes pour in for the Brits killed in Italy's devastating earthquake


Tributes to the three Brits killed in central Italy's devastating earthquake this week have continued to pour in.

Marcos Burnett, 14, and married couple Maria and Will Henniker-Gotley died in the 6.2-magnitude quake.

Undated family handout file photo issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of Maria and Will Henniker-Gotley, who died in the Amatrice earthquake in Italy, as tributes to the three Britons killed have continued to flow in.
(Family handout/PA)

They were among more than 250 people who died following the earthquake that struck Italian town Amatrice early on Wednesday morning.

Marcos attended Wetherby School in Marylebone, central London, and his headteacher Nick Barker told The Times he would be missed by all that knew him.

The captain of his year's basketball team, the teenager was described as "utterly charming, personable and engaging company".

 Undated family handout photo issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of 14-year-old Marcos Burnett, who died in the Amatrice earthquake in Italy.
(Family handout/PA)

Maria Henniker-Gotley, 51, from Stockwell, south London, was a finance manager at The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts in Bethnal Green, east London, while her husband, 55, is thought to have worked as an IT consultant.

Jeremy Newton, the charity's chief executive, described her as "totally dedicated, meticulous and professional".

He said: "The whole team is shocked and saddened by the news of her death and that of her husband Will, who was also a staunch supporter of our work."

A view of Amatrice, central Italy, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 where a 6.1 earthquake struck just after 3:30am Wednesday.
(Antonio Calanni/AP)

It is believed that Maria and Will owned a property around 2km from Amatrice and their two children, believed to be aged 12 and 14, survived.

Marcos and his family were staying with the couple - his parents, Anne-Louise and Simon Burnett, were both taken to hospital. Their daughter also survived.

A house where British citizens Marcos Burnett and Will and Maria Henniker-Gotley died following Wednesday's earthquake is reduced to rubble, in Sommati, near Amatrice, central Italy, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
(Gregorio Borgia/AP)

The three victims' devastated families had earlier paid tribute to the work of Italy's emergency services and rescue workers.

A joint statement, issued by the Foreign Office, said: "Their families have paid tribute to the tireless work of the Italian rescue workers and hospital staff and expressed their gratitude for the love and support they have received from the Italian people. Their thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the earthquake."