The mother of a six-year-old girl who was murdered by her husband before he killed himself has revealed she sent flowers to his funeral, adding: ‘I don’t hate him.’
Nikki Flux-Edmonds, 51, found her daughter Keziah unconscious next to the body of her husband Darren, 44, when she returned home from work on the Isle of Wight.
She was seen stumbling out of their home in East Cowes in June 2016 after calling an ambulance, and Keziah was rushed to hospital but could not be saved.
Darren, 44, and Nikki Flux-Edmonds, 51, with their daughter Keziah, six, and one of their dogs
Mrs Flux-Edmonds’s daughter Keziah was rushed to hospital in 2016 but could not be saved
Now, she has set up a charity called Kezi’s Kindness to anonymously help up to 600 children in need each year by discretely donating clothes and Christmas gifts.
Mrs Flux-Edmonds has faced three years of trauma since the murder, but her anger is directed at the NHS mental care system which she feels has let down her family.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, she said she still sends Christmas presents to her husband’s family on behalf of Keziah, adding: ‘It’s a very complicated feeling.
‘I don’t hate him because I don’t understand why he did it. And I don’t know how much of me not understanding what he was experiencing caused that for him.
Mr Flux-Edmonds, 44, murdered his six-year-old daughter Keziah before killing himself
Keziah ‘used to sing all the Frozen songs and pretend to be Elsa’, neighbours of the family said
‘I hate what he did, I hate that he took away the most precious thing that was doing everything that he always wanted to do in life. I don’t have any feelings for him.
‘But I will stand up for him and advocate for how he could have been treated better. He was my husband and my daughter could have lived if this had happened.’
Mr Flux-Edmonds was on antidepressants and having cognitive behavioural therapy, but no action was taken when he told doctors he had dreamed of killing his family.
He also became convinced his wife was having an affair and would accuse her of texting another man if she spent too much time in the bathroom.
Mrs Flux-Edmonds found her daughter Keziah unconscious next to the body of her husband
Keziah’s mother still sends Christmas gifts to her husband’s family on her daughter’s behalf
But this did not ring alarm bells, and an NHS England report later found his behaviour should have ‘triggered some concerns’ and a safeguarding alert.
Friends claimed at the time that Mr Flux-Edmonds may have killed Keziah and the family’s two dogs over fears he would lose her after he separated from his wife.
Family friend Terry Nutman, 64, said in June 2016 that the father had recently moved out of the family’s £250,000 home following the collapse of his 12-year marriage.
He is thought to have murdered his daughter just before 10am on June 1 while looking after her so Mrs Flux-Edmonds could go to work as a supermarket manager.
Mrs Flux-Edmonds pictured in April with an NHS England report into the care of her husband which found his behaviour should have ‘triggered some concerns’ and a safeguarding alert
Mourners are pictured outside the family’s Isle of Wight home following the death in June 2016
Mr Nutman said: ‘They had split up, I’m not sure when or why, but it wasn’t too long ago. He was living somewhere else and she was there with Keziah.
‘I just don’t know what was going through his head at the time. Maybe he was thinking, ‘If I can’t have her then nobody can’. He adored Keziah.’
Messages posted on Facebook by Mr Flux-Edmonds suggest his broken marriage had left him increasingly desperate.
In March he put his wedding photographs online, saying: ‘Found the wedding photos from 2004 when I married my gorgeous wife Nikki Flux-Edmonds.’
Messages by Mr Flux-Edmonds (right) suggest his broken marriage had left him desperate
A memorial to Keziah at Mrs Flux-Edmonds’s home on the Isle of Wight, pictured in April 2019
On April 11, 2016 he said: ‘To my wife just to say I love you.’ But on April 21 he posted: ‘At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.’
Mr Flux-Edmonds was on antidepressants and having cognitive behavioural therapy
Four days later, he wrote: ‘Lord, my heart hurts right now. I have no idea what I need, but you do. Please help.’
Neighbour John Orchard, 29, said at the time of the death: ‘She was such a sweet little girl, she loved Disney. She would always wear Disney princess dresses.
‘She especially loved Frozen. Elsa was her favourite, she wanted to be her when she grew up. She used to sing all the Frozen songs and pretend to be Elsa.’
Keziah’s teacher at Queensgate Primary School left a tribute on the doorstep in 2016, saying: ‘Rest in peace my little angel. I will miss you, lots of love. Mrs Attwell xxx.’
A spokesman for NHS England in the South East said: ‘A review of the actions being taken by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust is being undertaken and will be shared with Keziah’s family ahead of publication.
‘In the meantime, the NHS remains committed to improving the safety and quality of mental health services so it can protect both vulnerable patients and the public.’