Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight deaths: Hundreds at vigil for girl and father

Cromwell Avenue, East Cowes
Image caption Dozens of floral tributes, soft toys and candles have been left at the house

Hundreds of people have gathered on the Isle of Wight for a candlelit vigil after a six-year-old girl and her father were found dead.

Keziah Flux-Edmonds was discovered lying next to the bodies of her father, Darren Flux-Edmonds, 44, and two dogs in East Cowes on Wednesday.

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

More than 200 neighbours, family and school friends gathered at the home in Cromwell Avenue, on Thursday evening.

As flowers, toys and candles were laid outside the house, Keziah's favourite song "Roar" by Katy Perry was played.

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
Image caption Hundreds of people gathered for an evening vigil on the housing estate
Image caption Friends of the family said Keziah loved the Disney film Frozen and would often dress up as its main character Elsa

Pupils and teachers at Keziah's school, Queensgate Foundation Primary, will be offered support after the half term holiday.

Family friend, Lucie McMahon said: "How do you explain it to five and six-year-olds? The best way you can explain it is that she's gone to the stars."

Hampshire Constabulary said Keziah's mother was being supported by specialist officers.

Isle of Wight councillor Julia Baker-Smith, who lives nearby, said: "We're absolutely shocked and saddened.

"The whole community is grief-stricken, by what's happened."

Investigations into the exact circumstances of the deaths are ongoing.

Image caption The body of Darren Flux-Edmonds and two dogs were found at the house
Image caption Officers were called to an address in Cromwell Avenue and found the body of a 44-year-old man and the injured girl, who later also died

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