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Town in shock at deaths

The scene at Echline Gardens. Picture: Julie Bull

The scene at Echline Gardens. Picture: Julie Bull

The heartbroken daughters of the tragic death couple in Queensferry have spoken of their sorrow following the shock of their parents’ deaths.

The heartbroken daughters of the tragic death couple in Queensferry have spoken of their sorrow following the shock of their parents’ deaths.

Sisters Laura (27) and Lisa (23) Graham released a statement on behalf of the family after mum Donna and dad Kenneth were found dead in the family home on Sunday.

They said: “We are all devastated and shocked with what’s happened.

‘‘We can’t explain how we are feeling and just want private space to try and come to terms with the shock.

‘‘Our parents were the most loving, caring couple and the shock of their deaths alone is too hard to come to terms with.”

The tragic deaths has touched the Queensferry community and left many shocked and saddened by the events that unfolded.

The bodies of Donna (51) and Kenneth (52) were found after the couple’s eldest daughter Laura raised concerns upon returning to the family home at Echline Gardens around 5pm last Sunday.

Police were called to the scene and the quiet street was sealed off as investigations were carried out.

It is believed the deceased couple were set to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Monday.

The couple were well-known locally, with Mrs Graham working at the Western General Hospital while husband Kenneth drove a mini-bus, which took children to school.

They had lived in the street for 26 years with both children attending local primary and secondary schools.

One neighbour, who did not wished to be named said: ‘‘We have known Donna and Kenneth for many years, they were such a lovely couple. It is tragic and it is hard to comprehend what has happened. We feel sadness at this time, especially for their daughters. ’’

Another neighbour added: ‘‘Everyone in the street is in shock at what happened. Our hearts go out to their daughters.’’

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Cunningham, officer in charge at the crime scene, confirmed on Monday they were not looking for anyone in connection with these deaths.And it is understood the tragedy is being treated as a murder-suicide.

Local minister Reverend David Cameron has called upon the local community to show its support for the family by attending churches this Sunday.

He said:‘‘As a congregation our thoughts and prayers are with their family, neighbours and the community. I have been struck time and again by the strong sense of community that is felt across Queenferry and the support and care that arises in the times of both joy and sorrow.’’

 

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