Family buries murdered mother, daughters
29 April 2005 , AMSTERDAM — The five and three-year-old girls killed with their mother by their father in the family's Zoetermeer home earlier this month were buried with their favourite cuddly toys on Friday.
29 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — The five and three-year-old girls killed with their mother by their father in the family's Zoetermeer home earlier this month were buried with their favourite cuddly toys on Friday.
Earlier, several hundred relatives and friends attended a funeral service at the Catholic Nicolaaskerk in Zoetermeer at 11am. The afternoon burial was a private ceremony.
The bodies of 31-year-old mother, Claudia H., and daughters Charlotte and Marieke were found in Alphen-Chaam in the province of Brabant last week. They are believed to have been killed on 6 April.
Husband and father Richard H. has confessed to the killing, police have said.
The bodies of the mother and daughters were carried on Friday by two hearses, led by an open car decorated with wreathes and flowers, primarily red and white roses.
Dozens of silent mourners were outside as the children's white coffins were taken into the church, followed by their mother's white coffin.
Churchgoers were visibly moved and brought flowers with them.
The children's coffins were decorated with a garland of white roses and lilac lathyrus. Both girls took their favourite fluffy toys to the grave.
The 33-year-old Richard H. is being held on remand and will appear in court next Wednesday. He did not attend the funeral, but family members of him did.
Dutch media kept a respectable distance from the funeral at the request of the families.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news