A Canadian father whose three children were killed by a drunk driver in 2015 took his own life in the hours after Father’s Day.
Edward Lakes wife Jennifer Neville-Lake shared the tragic news about her husband along with a picture of their three children – Daniel, Harry and Milly, who were 9, 5 and 2 when they died in the crash.
“The eyes he shared with Harry are forever closed. Daniel’s curls will never shine in the sunlight again. I will never see Milly’s shy smile creep over his lips anymore. My children’s father, Edward Lake, has joined our children so they can play together, forever, Read Neville-Lakes Monday tweet.
“Mahal kita, Edward,” she wrote, meaning “I love you” in Filipino.
The day before, she shared a post with a picture of the children’s graves.
“This should not be real. It can not be”, it said in the caption.
The children’s grandfather, Gary Neville, was also killed in the Toronto suburb. Their grandmother and great-grandmother were badly injured, according to yorkregion.com, which reported Lakes’ suicide.
Her family drove the children to their home when drunk driver Marco Muzzo drove their T-legged vehicle into the town of Vaughan, the outlet said.
Muzzo was reportedly granted full parole in 2021.
“I have no one left who can call me mom. “You killed all my babies,” Jennifer told Muzzo during the 2016 sentencing, according to CityNews Toronto.
“You deserve to know what it is like to have every single life you have created taken away from you,” she said.
Lake told the outlet at the time of sentencing that he was struggling with “suicidal thoughts and intense anxiety.”
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.