Minute’s silence for Lowestoft mother and three children who died a week ago today

Local Church leaders call for a minutes silence on Monday.(Left to right) David Willis, Jim Firman,

Local Church leaders call for a minutes silence on Monday.(Left to right) David Willis, Jim Firman, Margaret Poppey, Matthew Payne and Lloyd Armes. - Credit: Nick Butcher

People in Lowestoft were asked to take part in a one-minute silence this morning in memory of Fiona Anderson and her three children, who died a week ago today.

Church leaders called for the silence at 8am so people can pause and reflect on the tragic events last Monday which have shocked and saddened the town.

As well as people paying a personal tribute to Miss Anderson, 23, and her children, Levina, three, Addy, two, and 11-month-old Kyden, they were also asked to say a prayer for the family, friends, neighbours, the children's father Craig McLelland and police and others involved who responded to the tragedy.

Margaret Poppey, chairman of Christians Together in Lowestoft and District, said: 'The idea is to stop where you are and remember them as we keep everyone in our prayers.'

As well as the call for the minute's silence, church leaders in Lowestoft have penned a prayer for everyone moved by the deaths

Part of the prayer says: 'Dear God, We come to you in shock and sadness at the tragedy that has happened in our town of Lowestoft.

'You are the giver of life, and we thank you for all that you give us. We are sad at young lives ended and we don't understand why.

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'But we know every life is precious in your sight.

'We remember Fiona, Levina, Addy, Kyden and the baby on the way and entrust them to you Lord. We pray for Craig and all the family, friends and neighbours.

'In their grief and sadness please comfort them, give them strength and surround them with your love.'

The prayer goes on to say: 'Please help all of us to learn from this, help all of us to look out for each other.'

Today's minute's silence follows a lantern release on Lowestoft seafront on Friday night which saw hundreds of people paying their respects to Miss Anderson and her children.

And on Friday a street collection in the town centre to raise funds to help pay for the funerals and memorials saw £1,568 raised.

A heavily pregnant Miss Anderson died last Monday morning after she fell from the multi-storey car park in Gordon Road.

She died at the scene from severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at 8.35am.

Police then went to her home in London Road South and discovered the bodies of her three children in the main bedroom.

The cause of death of the children has not yet been determined and further tests are needed.

Anyone who saw Miss Anderson last Monday or has any information should call Suffolk police on 101.

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