Family sets up charity in memory of Samantha Day

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Media captionJanet Neal, Samantha Day's mother, said her daughter loved life

The parents of a woman thought to have been killed by her husband in an attack at the family home have set up a charity foundation in her name.

Toby Day, 37, is thought to have stabbed wife Samantha and daughter Genevieve, six, before killing himself in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

The charity aims to take "families in need" on days out and trips away.

Janet Neal, Mrs Day's mother, said she wanted to do something in memory of her daughter, who was a nursery nurse.

"She always saw the best in people," said Mrs Neal. "She was caring and generous with her time. She just loved life.

"We have set up this foundation in her memory to help local families in need."

Mrs Neal said she did not feel angry towards her son-in-law, but felt sad.

Image caption Mrs Neal said Toby Day must have been in a "real state"

"It's a shock and not the sort of thing you expect but can't feel angry towards him," she said. "You're just bewildered that he got into such a state and we couldn't help him."

Mrs Neal and her husband are trying to involve all Leicestershire and Rutland nurseries and pre-schools in the foundation.

"We want them to refer people they think are deserving and we can organise bus loads, maybe three times a year, so they can go off somewhere and have a nice, relaxing day," said Mrs Neal.

Leicestershire Police began a murder inquiry following the incident in December, 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.

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

The couple's son and daughter, Adam and Kimberley, were seriously injured in the incident.

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