Graham Dickason has shared a brief, but emotionally charged message to those meeting for a vigil in Timaru, New Zealand on Thursday. The grief-stricken father, who returned home to find his three young daughters deceased last week, wrote that he had ‘already forgiven’ the mother of the girls.
Lauren Dickason, it is understood, ‘strangled all of the children with cable ties’.
Graham Dickason wants ‘forgiveness’ for his wife
The father’s capacity for love and forgiveness was shared amongst crowds in the South Canterbury town. The Dickason family, who had only just emigrated from New Zealand, had barely settled in their new home before tragedy struck.
Set to start work as an orthopedic surgeon, Graham Dickason is now at a total and complete loss. He has family coming to visit and support him this week, but quarantine rules remain in place for all international travellers entering NZ. It’s understood that the bereaved dad is now considering an immediate move home to South Africa.
Timaru child killings: Wife ‘also a victim’ in this tragedy
Graham’s letter was read out following a candlelit ceremony, which saw hundreds of people turn out and show their support for the family. In an incredible display of restraint and compassion, he branded his wife – currently remanded in a psychiatric facility – as ‘another victim’ in this harrowing incident.
He has urged the public to forgive her, as he ‘already has done’:
“It is a loss I will carry with me for the rest of my life … my words are few. In this time of terrible tragedy and adversity, I can only ask for prayer… for strength, and for healing.”
“Please also pray for my lovely Lauren for I honestly believe she is a victim in this as well. I have already forgiven her and I urge you in your own time to do the same … it is the key to healing this loss we have all experienced.”
- Outside the Dickason family home, rows of cuddly toys were left as a tribute for Liane (aged six) Maya, and Karla (both aged two).
My sister in Timaru sent me this video of the community memorial and vigil for the three beautiful souls that were killed last week 😔 took her children to say goodbye to their pre-school friends they had only just met ❤❤ RIP beautiful babies pic.twitter.com/pOaA6afmAW
— CAD (@JabroniBeatn) September 23, 2021