West Hampstead “legend” murdered in his beloved Morocco
THE children of the only British victim of the Marrakech “Al-Qaeda style” bombing last week have paid tribute to their beloved father.
Peter Moss, a well-known West-Hampstead figure, was among 16 people killed in the terrorist blast that wrecked a busy tourist caf� in the Moroccan city last Thursday.
In their first interview Lucy Moss, 29, and Gideon Moss, 26, have revealed how the death of “north-west London legend” Mr Moss will be sorely felt both by the family and by the community he loved so much.
Mr Moss was a passionate and committed travel writer who went to the ends of the earth for his work.
And in a tragic twist his daughter revealed that Morocco was one of his favourite destinations.
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She said: “Travelling was one of his greatest passions and he was a very fearless traveller going all around the world.”
Her brother Gideon added that their father would not be remembered by his family for the terribleness of his death but for his enduring encouragement and acceptance he showed throughout his life.
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“As a dad, all he ever wanted from me and my sister was just to be happy and pursue our passions in life,” he said. “He just wanted us to follow our dreams and do what we really wanted to do. That is a footprint for life that we will always carry.”
A stand-up comedian by trade, Mr Moss settled in West Hampstead six years ago and West End Lane’s caf� owners, businesses and friends and acquaintances have paid tribute to a man who played a huge part in their community.
It is suspected that the bombing which killed Mr Moss was the work of the North African wing of Al-Qaeda.
Morocco’s Interior minister said the bomb is believed to have been exploded remotely and bore the hallmarks of the style generally used by the terrorist group.
And with the shooting of the group’s symbolic leader, Osama Bin Laden, by the US security forces on Sunday, the late comedian’s daughter Lucy has branded this turn of events as “uncanny”.
She said: “It doesn’t make up for dad’s death but it’s weird and a bit uncanny that they happened so close to each other. However that doesn’t change how I feel about my father – I wouldn’t say I am glad or not glad.
“But seeing people dance on the news over [Bin Laden’s] death – it’s just as bad as if someone danced over my dad’s death. It’s just not necessary.”