The British optician kidnapped and killed last month in Nigeria died in a hail of bullets after singing the hymn “Amazing Grace” to lift the spirits of his fellow hostages, two of them said.
Ian Squire, 57, was killed instantly by shots fired by one of four gang members who abducted him and three other aid workers from their clinic in the country’s lawless southern Delta region on 13 October, the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper reports.
David Donovan, a doctor, and his wife, Shirley, a teacher, set up a medical training charity, New Foundations, and four years ago teamed up with Ian Squire, who ran his own eyesight charity, Mission for Vision.
The circumstances surrounding Squire’s death were not made clear in accounts published earlier this month when the other three hostages were released, and some suggested he had died of an asthma attack.
However, his fellow hostages told The Telegraph he was killed on their first morning in captivity—in a 16 by 10-foot bamboo hut in a remote swamp.
David Donovan said: “We asked if [Ian] could play a song or sing a hymn. He said the only thing he could do without chord sheets was ‘Amazing Grace.’