Final farewell for murdered family
Friday 06 August 2010
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."
- 1 Exodus Gods and Kings: Ridley Scott never considered casting 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
- 2 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Michael Buerk wishes he'd killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
Black Friday 2014: Opening times for Asda, John Lewis, GAME, PC World and Argos
Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado's stylist Luis Alfredo Garcia is found stabbed to death
Sean Abbott: Messages of support flood in for bowler following death of batsman Phil Hughes
Dr Lam Hoe Yeoh: Voyeur doctor jailed for eight years after using network of hidden cameras to film patients, colleagues and friends on the toilet
'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Ed Miliband's 'north London set' must be demolished to save Labour, say critics
Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: SURREY MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: What do you want to do with your career? Do yo...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This company is a leading expert in immunoassa...