Triplets' parents express grief at loss
Thu, 31 May 2012 7:38a.m.
The parents of the triplets who died in a fire at a Doha mall have given their only interview about the children.
Martin and Jane Weekes have spoken about their memories of two-year-old triplets Lillie, Willsher and Jackson who died on Monday at Villaggio mall in Doha, Qatar.
The triplets were at the mall’s day care centre, Gympanzee, and died along with 16 others.
In the interview, Ms Weekes says her last memory of her children is giving them a drink of water before they went to the Gympanzee creche.
Mr Weekes reveals he rushed to the scene of the fire after hearing about it, and waited to hear news of his children – eventually seeing his daughter Lillie carried out by rescuers who attempted to resuscitate her. She was taken to hospital and pronounced dead, while the Weekes also had to formally identify the bodies of Willsher and Jackson.
Their bodies will be returned to Wellington for a memorial.
Five people including the owner of the mall, the owner of the day care facility and three others were arrested yesterday in relation to the fire, Qatar News Agency reports.
Qatar Prime Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al Thani has offered condolences to "all the parents and relatives of those killed in this horrible fire".
Qatar's Interior Ministry said the mall's sprinkler system malfunctioned, and rescue efforts were hampered by a lack of floor plans.
Interior Affairs Minister Of State Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Khalifa says the rescue operation was not easy.
“The situation was very difficult due to the massive fire and the heavy smoke in addition to the narrow corridors leading to the nursery so new instructions were given to the search and rescue teams to find and alternative entry and that entry was from the top of the complex.”
The full list of those killed has not been issued by Qatar officials, but most of the nationalities are known from statements by various countries and families. The young victims include a 3-year-old French child, four Spanish children, an 18-month-old South African toddler and the New Zealand triplets.
3 News / AP
The video interview was removed on June 5 - as per the Weekes family's agreement with media
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9/06/2012 1:28:33 a.m.
Teresa Barrett wrote:
Dear Martin and Jane, I send you my prayers and deepest sympathy. May your little children rest in peace. God bless your family.
7/06/2012 12:17:24 p.m.
Rangirauwaka Hawe wrote:
I can only imagine what it must feel like to lose your whole family in that fire but know this they are resting in our loving lords arms for he must have wanted some angels so he looked down from heaven above and saw them playing and he called haere mai nga tamariki come to me my children and take rest in my arms. Kia kaha
6/06/2012 6:51:19 p.m.
Ron Turner wrote:
As Poppa and Grandma and on behalf of mother and father and mother in law and father in law in our triplets family i thank you all for your words of comfort. We hope our memories of our babies will be the glue to bind our broken hearts together.
6/06/2012 10:34:52 a.m.
You both showed such strenght of character and grace in your darkest hours; your children would be proud of your example to others in the dark valleys of life. May God be your strenght now and in the days and months ahead. Words are not enough but it is great to here of your support system here and back home ty for bringing us into your time of need as many struggle alone and I hope your example will continue to bring hope to others. take care and blessing to all that stand with you.
5/06/2012 11:16:06 a.m.
What it took for you both to have to do this interview - you are incredibly strong and were wonderful parents. I can tell you truly loved your babies by all the amazing photos you have taken and shared with us. What wonderful memories with your babies that you have forever. xx Kia kaha
3/06/2012 8:34:59 p.m.
What a beautiful handsome couple and the three handsome toddler, why did it happen, who is guilty,and for what reason, our prayers and deepest sympathy on the passing of your love ones please be strong and move forward, God bless..
3/06/2012 4:29:41 p.m.
Dear Jane and Martin, I am soo sorry for what has happened,words just don't cut it. I've been in tears since it happened last Monday, my heart aches for you,and when I see Lillie,Jackson and Willshers' photo it's just heart wrenching...I have 3 little children also, 3 yr old twins and a 2 year old, when we get up in the morning my thoughts turn to you..May God's love touch you deeply.NZ weeps for you and loves you..
2/06/2012 5:29:39 a.m.
Hoda Magdi wrote:
There are no words to express the pain and hurt of our loss. May God give you the strenght, My heart aches just by looking at Lillie, Willsher and Jackson picture and I can not hold back my tears. May they rest in Peace. They will never be forgotten.
2/06/2012 5:15:13 a.m.
I dont know what to say, I am sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
2/06/2012 2:00:14 a.m.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Abood
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