Leicester

Toby Day and family remembered at Oakham memorial service

  • 16 February 2012
  • From the section Leicester

About 350 people have attended a memorial service for a former Leicestershire police inspector and his family.

Toby Day, 37, is thought to have stabbed his wife Samantha and six-year-old daughter Genevieve before killing himself in Melton Mowbray in December.

Their two surviving children attended the service at All Saints Church in Oakham, Rutland.

Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani opened the ceremony with prayers.

'Poignant mixture'

Pictures of the family on holiday and celebrating Christmas and birthdays greeted the children, their grandparents and the hundreds who attended as they made their way into the church.

Canon Francis-Dehqani said: "The mood was a mixture of obviously deep shock and grief at the loss of three members from one family.

"I also think there was also a sense of wanting to celebrate what was good in their lives... a poignant mixture of grief and sadness alongside thanksgiving."

Proceeds from a collection at the memorial service will be donated to several charities, including the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

Image caption Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani led the service

A funeral was held for Mr Day, his wife and daughter at St Peter and St Paul Church in Market Overton, on 9 January.

Police launched a murder inquiry following the incident, which came days after Mr Day was sacked from Leicestershire Police for misconduct, although the force said it was not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

The case was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission but it later said a formal investigation would not be carried out.

An inquest into the deaths was opened and adjourned at Loughborough Coroner's Court in December, pending further inquiries.

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