A Frozen-mad six year old who dreamed of being ‘Elsa’ was allegedly murdered by her father who then killed himself and the family’s two dogs. Keziah Flux-Edmonds was found lying unconscious next to the body of Darren Flux-Edmonds, 44, at home on the Isle of Wight yesterday.
The schoolgirl was rushed to hospital but could not be saved and a distraught neighbour today said she was a little ‘Disney princess’ who ‘wanted to be Elsa from Frozen when she grew up.’
A candlelit vigil to remember the six-year-old will be held outside the family’s home in East Cowes this evening.
Keziah was the daughter of Darren Flux-Edmonds and his wife Nikki, and his Facebook page suggests that the couple may have split up earlier this year.
He wrote recently: ‘Lord, my heart hurts right now. I have no idea what I need, but you do. Please help’.
Another message said: ‘At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.’
Mrs Attwell, Keziah’s Year 1 teacher at Queensgate Primary School in East Cowes, paid tribute to the six-year-old and left a school t-shirt on the doorstep.
On the back of the t-shirt, distraught Mrs Attwell left a message to Keziah.
It read: ‘Rest in peace my little angel. I will miss you, lots of love. Mrs Attwell xxx’
Mrs Attwell was too upset to make a comment to the media.
John Orchard, 29, emotionally paid tribute to Keziah and described the family as ‘lovable’.
Fighting back tears, he told how Keziah loved to wear Disney princess dresses and, in particular, liked dressing up as Elsa from the hit-movie Frozen.
He recalled her playing outside in princess outfits and remembered her fondly playing on the trampoline in her back garden.
When Mr Orchard told his son about the devastating news, he burst into tears and told him he didn’t want to go back to school without Keziah there.
He said: ‘We’re all distraught. My little boy went to school with Keziah and they were friends.
‘I didn’t want to but I had to tell him what happened, it broke his little heart. He was crying and told me he didn’t want to go back to school because she wouldn’t be there.
‘She was such a sweet little girl, she loved Disney, she was absolutely mad about it. She would always wear Disney princess dresses when she was playing.
‘She especially loved Frozen. Elsa was her favourite, she wanted to be her when she grew up.
‘She used to sing all the Frozen songs and pretend to be Elsa, it’s heartbreaking knowing she’ll never be able to do it again.
‘I can remember hearing her laughing from her garden, and when it was nice outside she used to play on the trampoline in their garden and I could always hear her laughing and screaming.
‘The mum Nikki was always busy, I remember her running up and down the road with her phone. I hadn’t seen Darren in months.’
He was unsure about the circumstances of their death, but described Mr Flux-Edmonds as someone who was quiet and who would often stay inside the house.
He added: ‘They didn’t seem like the kind of family to get into any sort of trouble or anything.
‘I still can’t believe it. They were such a lovable family it’s a shock, I’m struggling to get over it.’
Isle of Wight councillor Julia Baker-Smith laid flowers outside the modern detached property in East Cowes this morning.
She said: ‘I came here to pay my respects on behalf of my ward. As a parent myself it’s absolutely devastating news. My heart sunk when I heard a young girl had died.
According to his Facebook page, Darren Flux-Edmonds was ‘temporarily unemployed’ and had previously studied at the Isle of Wight College.
On April 11, 2016, a picture was posted to Mr Flux-Edmonds Facebook profile which had the message: ‘To my wife. Just to say I love you.’
Another post the same day read: ‘Sometimes, you have to let go to see if there was anything worth holding onto.’
And on April 25, he uploaded the quote: ‘Lord, my heart hurts right now. I have no idea what I need, but you do. Please help.’
Hampshire Constabulary have launched a probe into their deaths, but today confirmed they have identified everyone they want to speak to.
Police also moved to reassure residents in the new-build development that there is no wider risk to the community.