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Tahnie Martin: Family of Storm Doris victim praise passers-by who helped

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Image caption Tahnie Martin was a 'much-loved' daughter and fiancee, her family say.

The family of a young woman struck and killed by debris during high winds have praised the efforts of passers-by who tried to save her.

Tahnie Martin, 29, died from serious head injuries after she was hit by a piece of timber in Wolverhampton city centre during Storm Doris last month.

Miss Martin, from Stafford, worked at the University of Wolverhampton.

Her family thanked emergency services, shop staff and a hot dog vendor for their help.

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Image caption Tahnie Martin's family say it is hard to imagine a future without her

They added it had been a "desperate period" for them since her death.

"We have met a number of people who were present on the day when Tahnie tragically died; and we would like to extend our special thanks to those who tried to help her," they said.

"This includes the police, fire service and medical teams, staff from the local Starbucks and Marks & Spencer stores and the local hot dog retailer."

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Image caption Tahnie Martin was pronounced dead near Wolverhampton's Mander Centre shopping mall

An investigation into her death is being led by the City of Wolverhampton Council.

Miss Martin was struck by part of a 2m-long piece of timber which was part of a wooden water tank cover as she walked near a Starbucks cafe in Dudley Street.

It is believed the cover was attached to a structure on the roof of the nearby Mander Centre shopping mall.

Image caption Flowers were laid at the scene of Miss Martin's death

An inquest will take place next month.

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