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Australian killed in Tunisia attack named

The Australian killed in a terror attack in Tunisia has been identified as recent university graduate and business analyst Javier Camelo.


The 28-year-old Australian-Colombian dual national was killed with his mother, and another 17 people, when gunmen stormed the National Bardo Museum in the Tunisian capital of Tunis.

Mr Camelo, who reportedly lived in Waterloo in inner Sydney, graduated from Spain’s IE Business School this year with an MBA and formerly studied at the University of Sydney.

According to social media, he had worked for American Express in Sydney.

The young man’s friend posted a moving letter to her fallen friend on Facebook.

“Dear Javi, I always imagined I would see your name on the news due to your great achievements in life,” Rasia Sanderson wrote.

“But never as one of the victims of those terrorist attacks that always feel so far away through tv and computer screens.”

Ms Sanderson said she was heartbroken and thanked her friend for the laughter, adventures and fun times.

Colombian media reported Mr Camelo, the son of a retired army general, graduated with an MBA only last week and then travelled with his parents and brother to Africa.

The family were in a group of tourists on board a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea.

Mr Camelo’s father and brother were unharmed, the report said.

It was a sombre day on Thursday for Mr Camelo’s colleagues at the Sydney office of American Express as news of his death spread.

“Today American Express mourns the loss of our much loved colleague, Javier Camelo, who tragically lost his life in yesterday’s incident in Tunisia,” managing director of American Express Australia/New Zealand, Rachel Stocks, said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Javier’s friends and family during this difficult time.”

Ms Stocks said counselling had been offered to staff.

Seventeen foreign tourists, including Mr Camelo, and two Tunisians were killed in the daylight attack.

The shooters opened fire as the tourists got off a bus before chasing them into the national museum.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament on Thursday it was an attack by Islamic extremists on a fledging democracy.

Australians planning to go to Tunisia are being urged by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to exercise a high degree of caution.