Brit mum murdered in Greece buried on island she loved by grieving family

The British woman who was murdered by thieves at her home in Greece has been laid to rest on her favourite island.

Caroline Crouch, originally from the UK, was laid to rest in front of hundreds of mourners on the island of Alonisso as her 11-month-old daughter laid flowers for her.

The mum was strangled in front of her daughter after home invaders burst in while the family was sleeping on Tuesday (May 11).

Her widower Babis paid tribute to his 'beautiful' wife' in front of the islanders who adopted the British student as their own.

"I was very lucky that I knew Caroline and that she loved me. I was very lucky for all the moments we shared," he said in a tearful eulogy.

"One thing that makes me even more sad than her death is the fact that our daughter will grow up without remembering her beautiful mother who was the joy of my life.

"But through her daughter, Caroline will always be with me and with all of us. Our loved ones are the most important people to us all.

"You should always look after your loved ones and enjoy your time together."

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Caroline's grief-stricken parents – former British serviceman David Crouch and Filippino Susan Dela Cuesta – were supported by friends and relatives during the ceremony.

Police are still on the hunt for the thieves who broke in and killed Ms Crouch but nothing has come to light yet.

Detectives believe the gang carried out days of surveillance as they have also identified three similar burglaries in the same area in the last six months, Greece Prothema reports.

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A £260,000 reward for information has been announced by the Greek Government.

The minister responsible for public order, Michalis Chrisochoidis, described the killing as “particularly heinous”.

He added: “One rarely encounters such barbarity in Greece, in Greek society, even among criminals.”

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