Tuesday 24 April 2018

Father's tears as he visits scene of tragedy

Marius Lubis
Marius Lubis
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

IT WAS a route that was all-too familiar, up the long avenue into the estate and turn right for number 9 Langford Downs – only this time he couldn't go in.

Marius Lubys could only stand behind the crime-scene tape gazing at the home he once shared with his wife Jolanta and their adored daughter, Enrika (8) – the house where an unimaginable horror unfolded at the weekend that wiped out his family.

Carrying a framed picture of his wife and child, taken at the little girl's First Holy Communion in May, Mr Lubys wiped the tears from his eyes and hung on to his sister-in-law Kristina for support.

She was clutching a cuddly, soft teddy bear, the type her little niece would have loved to receive as a gift.

Yesterday, the garda on duty at the scene gently took it from her hands and placed it outside the front door of what was once the family home, next to the growing number of floral tributes that have been offered by friends, neighbours and by other people who did not even know the victims well but have been moved by their deaths.

Kristina's husband, Vaidas Kulevicius, carried a lantern the trio lit before handing it over to the garda.

Neighbour Artur Liberi – who lives just three houses down from number 9 and whose wife Renata used to drop Enrika to school each day – spotted his friend and approached him.

No words were exchanged, they simply embraced, before the devastated father and husband got back into the car and left the estate for the last time.

Irish Independent

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