Media descends on Claygate after family massacre in French Alps

2:07pm Thursday 6th September 2012

The world’s media descended on the doorstep of a family who were attacked by gunman in France.

A four-year-old girl and her sister survived the attack which killed their mother, grandmother and father, who police have named as 50-year-old Saad Al-Hilli, who was born in Baghdad, Iraq.

The terrified little girl was allegedly found underneath her dead mother in a BMW hours after the attack near Chevaline in the French Alps, where it is believed the family had been camping.

Her eight-year-old sister was allegedly shot three times outside and is in critical condition in hospital.

A French male cyclist was also killed in the incident.

Helicopters flew overhead the family home in Oaken Lane, Claygate, as reporters from across the country joined in a media scrum to speak to friends, family and neighbours.

Claygate resident Kim Cross said he heard the helicopters and headed to the road, which is packed with cars.

He said: “My thoughts go out to the young girl who was found alive because it must have been a horrible experience.”

Police officers swarmed around outside the house, which had its curtains shut.

A Surrey police spokesman said: “Surrey police is currently assisting French authorities and liaising with the French and Commonwealth office following the death of four people in Southern France yesterday.

“This is an ongoing inquiry being carried out by the French police.

“We are unable to confirm any details about the incident.”

Jason Kosbab lives in Rose Hill, Claygate. He said: “It’s just horrible really. It’s surprising that it’s someone from our village.”

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