Statement from the family of Hinekawa Topia-McGregor -18 Dec
Statement from the family of Hinekawa
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 -
Below is a statement from the family of
"We take each day as it comes and
stay strong for our children because we love them. Even
though we no longer have Hinekawa with us, we love her just
the same, and we think about how we are going to tell her
siblings what happened to her. We know they will have
questions when they are older and much like we do now; we
will try to answer them.
The life of our Hinekawa has been
taken away and this will continue to affect us for the rest
of our lives. Every time we look at the girls we are
reminded that we have one living with the angels in
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