Murdered family buried in Huissen
28 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — Nine hundred invited guests attended the funeral in Huissen on Tuesday of the four members of a local family who died in a murder-suicide tragedy last week.
28 February 2006
AMSTERDAM — Nine hundred invited guests attended the funeral in Huissen on Tuesday of the four members of a local family who died in a murder-suicide tragedy last week.
A handful of people also gathered outside the Catholic Church 'Onze Lieve Vrouwe ten Hemelopneming'.
The deceased were buried in white coffins, a cuddly toy among the flowers around the caskets containing the bodies of the two children.
Investigators confirmed last week that their father, 38, killed the children, aged 4 and 8, and their mother, 37, before he took his own life. Little is known about what sparked the fatal violence from the man who was due to start anger-management therapy.
Relatives decided to hold a joint funeral for the family and to bury the four together in the 'Hoeve' cemetery in Huissen.
The four were found dead in their home in Huissen, Gelderland last Tuesday. Since the perpetrator of the crime is dead, there can be no legal case launched against him under Dutch law.
The police technical investigation has been completed, but police have not yet released details of how the killings took place.
The man was under psychiatric treatment with the forensic clinic Kairos in Arnhem, supervisory organisation Pompestichting has revealed. The outpatients’ clinic treats people with worsening delinquent or violent behaviour, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported.
The man had undergone an admissions interview and a follow-up appointment, but actual treatment had not yet started.
A regular psychiatrist referred the man — who had been under treatment for some time — to the Kairos clinic.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news