Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight deaths: Residents speak of shock

Keziah Flux-Edmonds Image copyright Family handout
Image caption Keziah Flux-Edmonds 6, was found unconscious at the address, she was taken to hospital but died a short time later

Residents have spoken of their shock after a six-year-old girl and her father died on the Isle of Wight.

Keziah Flux-Edmonds was found unconscious on Wednesday at a house in Cromwell Avenue, East Cowes, alongside the body of Darren Flux-Edmonds, 44.

She was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Newport but died a short time later.

"Everyone's just in absolute shock, it's an absolute tragedy," said Isle of Wight Councillor Julia Baker-Smith, who lives nearby.

Image caption Hundreds of people gathered for an evening vigil on the housing estate

Hundreds of people gathered for an evening vigil on the newly-built housing estate. Flowers, toys and candles have been laid at the family home throughout the day.

Keziah was a pupil at the nearby Queensgate Primary School. Ms Baker-Smith said special arrangements were being made for when staff and pupils returned from the half-term holiday.

"It's going to be a very very sad day. But everything is being put in place to make sure people get the support they need."

Image caption Residents have left floral tributes, soft toys and candles at the house
Image caption The body of the man and two dogs were found at the house
Image caption Police were called to the house on the newly-built estate shortly after 10:00 BST on Wednesday

Another resident said: "It's dreadful, we're all thinking of the family."

Dozens of people have also posted about the deaths on social networking site Facebook.

One post reads: "So sad, thoughts with family and friends at this very sad time."

Hampshire Constabulary said they did not believe there was a wider risk to the community.

The force said specialist officers were supporting the family and investigations into the exact circumstances of the deaths were ongoing.

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