Mum, 50, and daughter, 24, stabbed to death before dad, 57, died in ‘murder-suicide’ house fire – The Sun

A MUM and daughter were knifed to death before the body of a dad was found in a house fire.

The trio were discovered from the burning home in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday after a frantic neighbour spotted smoke.

Gary Walker, 57, died in the fire, with his wife Caroline, 50, and 24-year-old daughter, Katie, died from stab wounds.

Detective Inspector Iain MacPherson, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said today no-one else is being sought in connection with the deaths.

He said: "I fully understand that this tragic incident will have had an impact on the local community.

"I would like to once again reassure people that this was an isolated incident and we are not looking for anyone else in connection to it.

"The family is being supported by specially-trained officers and I would ask that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.

"In due course a file will be passed to the coroner."

Cops launched a murder probe after the fire tore through the property in Hemel Hempstead.

A joint police and fire investigation has been launched. It is not clear how the fire started.


Mr Walker worked as a draughtsman, while Caroline had previously worked at a supermarket. Their daughter Katie worked with animals.

Their other daughter Sarah is reported to have posted on social media: "I have lost my whole family."

One neighbour described the moment he glanced out his front window and saw smoke pouring out one of the windows of the home.

The 67-year-old man, who called the emergency services shortly after 12.30pm on Sunday, said: "I just looked out the window and saw smoke, it was coming out of their bathroom window.

"If you see smoke, it relates to fire. So I just got straight on the phone to the fire brigade.

"I didn't see any fire, just the smoke."

He said that the family had lived there "for years", and added: "They were such a nice family. Very quiet, but very nice."

Emergency crews were scrambled at around 12.30pm on Sunday

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