Pain 'too strong for words' for mother of 7/7 victim

The mother of a young oil executive killed in the 7/7 bombings questioned today why her son died in a "totally unnecessary and preventable attack".

Anthony Fatayi-Williams, 26, was one of 13 people murdered when Islamic extremist Hasib Hussain, 18, blew himself up on a number 30 bus in Tavistock Square in central London on July 7, 2005.

His mother Marie spoke of the "yawning vacuum" left by her son's death, and suggested that the British authorities could have foreseen the terrorist attacks.

Paying emotional tribute, she told the July 7 inquest of her pain "too strong for words and too deep for tears".

Mrs Fatayi-Williams said: "Anthony's life was cut short in a needless, totally unnecessary and preventable attack on London.

"His family continues to miss him sorely, even after these five years.

"We, his parents, continue to wonder if his death could have been prevented, or even the attacks foreseen by the relevant authorities."

She added: "Anthony always said to me 'Mummy, do not worry about anything, just watch and see how well I will take care of you'.

"I in turn looked forward to caring for Anthony's children, my grandchildren.

"But alas his death has left a yawning vacuum in our lives and a sustained pain too strong for words and too deep for tears.

"Oh, how we miss you, Anthony. Oh, how I miss you sorely, so that the rose is not red and the violets are not blue any more for me."