Violent deaths of devoted city couple revealed

Donna and Kenneth Graham. Picture: contributed
Donna and Kenneth Graham. Picture: contributed
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A MOTHER-OF-TWO found dead in her home along with her husband in a suspected murder-suicide died from head injuries, it was revealed today.

A death certificate for tragic Donna Graham obtained by the Evening News showed the 51-year-old suffered a traumatic head injury in her South Queensferry home.

The certificate for her 52-year-old husband Kenneth showed he died from a stab wound to the heart.

The same time of death – 5.27pm on Sunday, February 23 – was given for both Grahams, shortly after the couple were found in their Echline Gardens house by elder daughter Laura, 27.

Police today declined to comment on whether Mr Graham took his own life after assaulting his wife, but reiterated they were not seeking anyone in connection with the deaths.

The death certificates were registered at the council offices in South Queensferry’s High Street on Wednesday, and the cause of death for both Grahams is awaiting further update pending laboratory studies.

A neighbour previously described how their daughter Laura had arrived at the house and could not get inside as the front and back doors and the conservatory were all locked.

After a neighbour went to get a key, they went inside and found Mr Graham in the kitchen while Mrs Graham was discovered in a bed.

Residents in the quiet street had speculated that coach driver Mr Graham killed his medical secretary wife before taking his own life but struggled to come to terms with the grim scenario as they seemed like “a normal everyday couple”.

Laura Graham and her 23-year-old sister Lisa previously released a statement through Police Scotland. It read: “We are all devastated and shocked with what’s happened. We can’t explain how we are feeling and just want private space to try and come to terms with the shock.

“Our parents were the most loving, caring couple and the shock of their deaths alone is too hard to come to terms with.”

Forensic specialists spent a number of days combing the sealed off property, removing boxes of evidence to waiting vans. But the day after their bodies were discovered, detectives confirmed no-one else was being sought over the deaths.

The Grahams had lived in their semi-detached home for more than 24 years and were set to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary earlier this month. They were married at St Stephen’s Comely Bank Parish Church in March 1984.

Mrs Graham is understood to have worked at the Western General Hospital. Her elderly mother, Jeanette, died last August, leaving her “devastated” according to a family friend.

Neighbours described her as a “lovely woman” who was “very positive” and devoted to her children and work.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Cunningham, who led the investigation, said: “We are not looking for anyone in connection with these deaths.”

alan.mcewen@edinburghnews.com