THE girlfriend of a slayed Brit scientist has told of her horror at seeing him killed by a stray bullet to the head as they lay in bed together.

Astrophysicist Matthew Willson, 31, was staying with Katherine Shepard and had only arrived in the US two days before the tragedy happened.

Traumatised Katherine was too upset to speak and would only tell The Sun: "The whole thing is bizarre. I just can't say anything else at the moment. It's too much."

Police said they had been called to the leafy upmarket suburb of Brookhaven, Atlanta, in the early hours of Sunday morning to reports of gunfire.

While there Katherine, a fellow astrophysicist, called 911 to alert cops that Matthew, from Chertsey, Surrey, had been hit, and they raced to the apartment and found her giving him first aid.

Paramedics rushed him to hospital but Matthew, who had previously studied at the Georgia State University in Atlanta, died from his injuries following the incident.

Today his sister, Kate Easingwood, who had flown to the US to be with Katherine, was on her way back to Sweden where she lives and posted on her Instagram a picture of her brother with the caption: "This world is so unfair."

Sgt Jacob Kissel, of Brookhaven police, told The Sun: "No arrests have been made at this time but the incident is being treated as homicide."

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Officers were called to reports of firearms being discharged and while on the scene they received a call from the deceased's girlfriend.

"She said that her boyfriend had been shot and she was giving first aid."

"They were in bed together when he was hit in the head by a stray bullet that came through the wall.

"The original report of the shooting was from a parallel street and we are connecting the incidents. It was a single shot to the head that hit him.

"It's very sad and tragic as he was visiting his girlfriend and had only been in town for 48 hours.

"At this point we have no information to suggest he was deliberately targeted but instead it was a tragic random event."

In the UK, Matthew's neighbours in Chertsey were left reeling at the tragic news.

One neighbour said: "He was the nicest person, he would always say hello to you. He was a quiet and unassuming type of person but he was always friendly.

"He was a very polite young man who has lived here for a long time, more than 25 years I think."

The astrophysicist often travelled the world for his work, locals revealed.

Matthew's parents, Pauline and Robert, were grieving and have asked for privacy.

A UK Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in the USA, and are in contact with US authorities."

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