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Funeral to be held for children killed in Shrewsbury

The family of Ruth Fuller, whose children and husband died in tragic circumstances in Shrewsbury last month, have issued a statement about the funeral arrangements.

We will be holding a small family funeral service soon. We are extremely grateful for all the messages of support we have received, however we would kindly request that our privacy be respected at this difficult time, and will be keeping the service as strictly family and close friends only. We are also requesting family flowers only.

We will be arranging a memorial service in the coming weeks which will be open to anyone who wishes to attend, and we are extremely grateful for all the community's donations towards this.."

– Johanna Ballard, statement on behalf of family


Gloucestershire Tragedy: family formally identified

The bodies of four members of the same Gloucestershire family found dead by a disused quarry on Monday have been formally identified.

A family member confirmed the identities in Shrewsbury yesterday of Ceri Fuller 35, his son Samuel, 12, and daughters Rebecca Rose, eight, and Charlotte Mae, seven. All four were from Milkwall near Coleford in Gloucestershire.

An inquest is expected to open next week and will be adjourned to a future date while police continue their investigations.


Gloucester Family: Children died from stab wounds

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson from West Mercia police said a Home Office pathologist conducted post mortems on the children yesterday afternoon.

The examinations established that Sam Fuller, 12, and his sisters Rebecca, 8, and Charlotte, 7, all died from stab injuries.

A post mortem has yet to be carried out on their father, 35-year-old Ceri Fuller, who was also found dead in the former quarry near Shrewsbury on Monday morning. This is expected to be held later today.

Formal identification of all four is expected to be take place tomorrow.

Family statement following Gloucestershire deaths

David Fuller, the father of 35 year old Ceri Fuller who was found dead with his three children yesterday has released a statement.

It comes after West Mercia Police recovered a knife from the disused quarry near Shrewsbury where the bodies were found.

The Fuller and Tocknell families are devastated by this tragedy.

Ceri was a gentle, sensitive and intelligent man but also a very private one. He loved his children dearly and they were such a focal point of his life.

His relationship with each one of them was one of gentleness, involvement and attentive nurturing. Sam, Rebecca and Charlie were such charming individuals, brought up in an environment of love.

– David Fuller

We cannot begin to imagine what was going through the mind of this gentle man to drive him to such tragic actions.

We would ask all to respect our privacy at this time while we try to come to terms with this terrible loss."

– David Fuller

The children's mother Ruth Fuller who had been married to Ceri Fuller for nearly three years, said: "I don't have the words to describe how I feel at the moment. All I would ask is that I be left alone to grieve for my family."

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