M.E. campaigner/sufferer murdered in supermarket

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Bluebottle, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Bluebottle

    Bluebottle New Member

    Kevin Tripp was attacked and killed in Sainsbury's supermarket, Merton, UK, when he was mistaken for a queue jumper by his attacker.

    "Supermarket murder victim suffered from chronic illness and campaigned to help others Daily Mail, 12 June 2008
    12-06-08 19:34
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    The 57-year-old shopper murdered in a queue-jumping row at his local supermarket had devoted his life to helping others while battling against a life-changing illness.

    In what has now become a moving and inspirational legacy, Kevin Tripp told the story of his struggle with ME in a bid to help other sufferers of the chronic fatigue illness.

    Mr Tripp wrote a regular newsletter for the self-help group for people with ME in West London.

    Despite being crippled by the illness himself, he tried to stay positive for fellow suffers - finishing his story with the words "don't give up".

    "Our main purpose is to provide mutual support to fellow members, circulate the latest research on ME, and campaigning for the fair treatment of sufferers, to provide a true representation of the effects of the illness, and also to inform non-sufferers," wrote Mr Tripp on the website.

    The father-of-one invites people to read his story and explains how he was struck down by the illness in the late 80s

    "It all started back in 1988. I was a happy guy in my late thirties. I had a great job. A happy long-term relationship. I enjoyed socialising. I really loved swimming and playing squash.

    "I had done every kind of DIY job you could imagine, and got great satisfaction from everything physical - be it fixing the car to laying concrete," he said.

    The retired structural engineer told how he suffered from paralytic polio as a child, which he survived unscathed, but said he never expected to become a victim of "a chronic life-threatening illness like ME".

    But in the Spring of 1988, Mr Tripp caught flu from his partner and struggled to fight the infection.

    Before that he had "taken his health for granted".

    "After 2 weeks I appeared to be well enough to return to work. I noticed I felt really washed out, quite normal after flu, but this fatigue never subsided.

    "After months of working, but nothing else, I saw my GP who said I should get on with my life, go swimming etc. I told him I wanted to but felt so fatigued that I couldn't."

    After years of relapses and dozens of visits to GPs, Mr Tripp finally came to the conclusion he had ME.

    "By 1994 my condition had worsened to the point where I could hardly walk at all. I needed to claim sickness benefit as there was no way I could work.

    "My GP had retired. The replacement doctor said she couldn't sign a certificate as she didn't agree that ME existed."

    Eventually Mr Tripp managed to get help and the took it upon himself to support and inform others in his situation.

    Writing his story seven years ago, he said: "Today 2001 I'm still unwell. I get a few days here and there when I feel human, have energy, but generally I'm 'sh***y'.

    "My muscles feel like they are borrowed from someone else, they are stiff and achy, and feel poisoned.

    "My muscles have wasted considerably, where I was always 10.5 stone, I now am 9 stone! Incredible for my 6 foot height. I get terrible brain fog and an aching from my brain that permeates my whole body."

    Despite his own troubles, Mr Tripp urged fellow suffers not to lose hope.

    "Its not all doom and gloom. When you are suffering from a long-term illness, you sort of have to accept it. It becomes normal.

    "You stop grieving for the things you can't do. The trouble with this particular illness is it keeps changing, you start to feel better, and your mind says I'm OK, I can think about work, I'm over it.

    "Then you get really awful and your mind is polarised in the other direction and you think there's no hope.

    "I, like many other ME sufferers do have hope that one day we will find the answers. Don't give up""

    © 2008 Associated Newspapers Ltd

  2. zoster

    zoster New Member

    Thank you for posting this Bluebottle, I read of Kevin Tripps Murder yesterday and then today read on teletext how he was a sufferer of M.E.

    After such a long daily struggle with this illness, which we can all relate to, and trying to support others with it, it is so terribly sad that his life then ended in this awful way.

    My heart and prayers go out to his friends and family during what must be a very difficult time for them.

  3. ladybugmandy

    ladybugmandy Member

    this is so sad. i feel so sorry for Mr. Tripp. so few who are suffering themselves would take such an initiative to try and help others. he also lived in an area where ME is still considered by so many to be psychological....

    my heart goes out to his family. he sounded like a very compassionate and strong person.


  4. becc

    becc New Member

    How horrific. I was reading the international news and came across this story, then came here and found out who he was.

    Thinking of his family who must be suffering unimaginably at the moment.

  5. Junegal

    Junegal New Member

    He sounds like a wonderful man and a strong person.

    I am also just curious though as to what a queue jumper is?
  6. ilovepink4

    ilovepink4 Member

    taking someones place in line.....taking cuts....cutting in line....

    he got in a queue jumping "row"....meaning fight....

    poor guy....is a stone ten pounds? is that right? if so, he weighed 90 lbs??? at 6 ft tall...someone please tell me I am wrong on that!

    so sad for his family and friends....
  7. hi all,

    im very sad to hear of kevins murder.and all he was doing was standing in a queue,in a supermarket.

    he was wrongly accused of queue jumping,and a irrate shopper attacked and killed him.

    i could cry when i look at the photo of him in my newspaper.

    to survive M.E.for all those years,then die at the hands of a thug.

    well im absoutely speechless.in yob culture england 2008.

    my heart goes out to kevins family,bless them.

    in my newspaper it says...

    kevin was sick as a little boy,and when the M.E. took hold of him 18 years ago,it got much worse.

    he tried to live as active a life as possible,and went swimming with his partner.

    but he was frail and willowy,and he looked a vulverable soul.

    kevin suffered polio as a child,which damaged his immune system.

    after developing M.E.,he started editing a newsletter for patients.

    on his website he wrote..

    "its not all doom and gloom.i hope that one day we will find the answers.dont give up"


    i shall keep kevin in my thoughts often.such a brave soul,who,s life was so tragically ended by a worthless thug.

    god rest his soul.