Hundreds of people honored the sisters by candlelight outside the Dickason House in Timaru. Video / George Hurd
The families of the slain sisters Lian, Maya and Carla Dickason have erected a memorial to the “pretty little girls” in their hometown of Pretoria.
And he spoke about the children, describing each of their personalities and what they will be remembered for.
Lian, 6, and her twin sisters Maya and Carla, 2, were found dead in their home in Timaru on September 16.
Her father, Graham Dickason, comes home from work to find his little girls dead.
His wife, Lauren Dickason, was also in critical condition at home and unresponsive.
He was taken to Timaru Hospital, where he was stabilized and treated.
One night after the girls met, he was charged with three counts of murder.
Lauren Dickason was sent to Hillmorton Hospital in Christchurch for a mental exam.
She will appear before the High Court again on Tuesday, possibly via an audio-visual link.
Details of the funerals of the young victims have not yet been made public.
Last week Graham Dickason, who moved his family to Timaru to land a hospital job as an orthopedic surgeon, said he forgave his wife.
“I honestly believe he is a victim of this as well,” he said in a deeply moving letter he read during a vigil to mark a week since the alleged killings.
“I have already forgiven him and I urge you to do the same at your own pace… It is the key to healing this loss that we have all experienced.”
Lauren Dickason’s brother provided images of a service held in Pretoria today in memory of Liane, Maya and Carla.
Graham Fox was unwilling to delve into what happened to his niece, but shared photos she took at the girls’ ‘celebration’ at the time.
“We love them and we will love them forever,” Fox told the Herald.
He said the rally was held in a public place in Pretoria.
It was “more for family and close friends,” but some members of the audience also participated.
Three photos of the girls stood in the meadow near a small pond.
The photos had the names of the children and a description of each.
“A beautiful little girl inside and out. You were so chatty with an infectious laugh, ”Lian read.
“You loved cuddles, you loved to cook, even though you ate a lot of it before it was cooked.
“You were so creative and loved your stickers and glitter.
“You were kind and still cared deeply for those around you.
“You were a lovely, tender-hearted sister. “
Carla was born with a cleft lip and her grandparents said last week wasn’t the best start in her life – but she overcame it and was courageous and exploratory.
In today’s service, she has been described as “a beautiful, fiery, independent and strong little girl.”
“Always, kind and caring,” reads the caption of her photo.
“You used to like cuddles and had sex early in the morning.
“Your smile has had an impact on everyone you have met.
“You were such a happy and joyful little soul, your little personality was contagious.”
Maya was remembered as “a pretty sweet little girl who always smiled.”
“And a real little hottie who knew what to show to get us another sweetheart.”
“Happy at heart, so happy and joyful – you loved the snacks and completed Pinky Finger.”
Where to get help:
If you are concerned about your mental health or that of someone else, the best place to go for help is your GP or local mental health care provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, immediately call the police on 111.
Or if you need to talk to someone else:
• Lifeline: 0800 543 354 or 09 5222 999 (available 24/7) in Auckland
• Hotline in the event of a suicide crisis: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• Youthline: 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email [email protected] or online chat.
• need to talk? Free call or SMS to 1737 (available 24/7)
• KidsLine: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
• WhatsApp: 0800 942 8787 (1 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
• Help line in case of depression: 0800 111 757
• Samaritan – 0800 726 666.