Final farewell for murdered family

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Hundreds of mourners turned out today to say their farewells at the funeral of a mother and her two daughters who were found murdered in their home.

HGV driver Andrew Case, 33, is believed to have killed his wife, Vicki, 31, and their two children, Phoebe, two, and one-year-old Nereya before hanging himself.

Their bodies were found at their semi-detached home in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, on July 26.

The three white coffins were brought in separate black hearses to the picturesque church.

Teddy bears, a rainbow bouquet and flowers were placed on top of the coffins as they arrived.

A light drizzle of rain fell as the pallbearers lined up with the coffins outside the church prior to the service. Family and friends were led into the church by Mrs Case's mother, Linda Haskell, 56.

About 350 people attended the half-hour service held at St Mary's Church in the family's New Forest home town.

The service opened with the song I Will Carry You by Selah and ended with Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy and included readings and tributes to the family.

A private cremation followed the service and the family has asked for any donations to be made to the Star's Appeal at Salisbury Hospital.

These can be made via John Shering funeral directors in Provost Street, Fordingbridge.

An inquest, which opened on Tuesday, heard that Mrs Case suffered incised wounds to her neck and chest.

Her husband was found hanging from the balustrade on the upstairs landing.

How the children died has not so far been identified and police have said the bodies showed no signs of trauma, the hearing was told.

Further tests will now be carried out.

The family was reported earlier to have had money problems, with Mr Case repaying cash since 2006 using a formal alternative to bankruptcy known as an Individual Voluntary Assessment.

Mrs Case, who ran a nearby nursery, is also thought to have owed money on credit cards.

The bodies were discovered by the children's grandmother Mrs Haskell when she called around to their house after being unable to contact the family.

She ran out into the street screaming: "All my babies are dead."