A ‘HEROIC’ young Briton who killed himself to avoid capture by Daesh told his mother ‘something should be done’ to protect people from the terror group, an inquest heard yesterday.
Ryan Lock, 20, shot himself under the chin when he was wounded in the leg and ‘immobilised’ as his unit of Kurdish fighters were surrounded by Daesh in Raqqa, Syria, last December.
Mr Lock, a chef with no military experience, told his parents he was ‘going backpacking’ before flying to Turkey and crossing into Syria.
His mother Catherine said her son, from Havant, Hampshire, was a quiet boy who was ‘interested in politics’ and days before he left in August expressed anger over the war in Syria.
She said he also tidied his room, which was ‘unusual’.
Portsmouth coroner David Horsley recorded a narrative verdict. He said: ‘He was likely to have fallen to a cruel and ruthless enemy so took his own life.
‘It can only be viewed as a very brave act. I don’t believe this can be viewed as suicide. His family have lost a heroic young man.’