South Queensferry deaths: Daughters tell of shock

Donna and Kenneth Graham
Donna and Kenneth Graham
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THE daughters of a married couple found dead in their home in a suspected murder-suicide have been left “devastated and shocked”.

Detectives are investigating whether taxi driver Kenneth Graham killed his wife Donna before taking his own life at their house in Echline Gardens, South Queensferry.

The bodies of the couple, who had been married for nearly 30 years, were found on ­Sunday afternoon by their elder daughter Laura, 27.

Post-mortems were carried out on Tuesday, but police said they were still awaiting the results of further tests.

In a statement released by Police Scotland, Laura Graham and her 23-year-old sister Lisa said: “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.”

Mr Graham, 52, and his 51-year-old wife had lived in their semi-detached home for more than 24 years.

Residents in the estate have paid emotional tributes in the wake of the tragedy.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s absolutely terrible. Donna was such a nice woman and well-known in the area. You’d always see Kenny out walking the dog. Nobody could have imagined this would happen.

“They seemed like your normal everyday couple.

“People are saying it must have been Kenny who killed Donna then himself, but no- one knows for sure.

“It’s hard to take in. This is a quiet area where nothing much ever happens.”

Another neighbour previously described how 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.

Police have said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Forensic specialists combed the property and removed boxes of evidence to a waiting van while officers sealed off the street.

Detectives expected inquiries at the scene to continue for a number of days following ­Sunday’s grim discovery.

Mrs Graham is understood to have worked in administration at the Western General Hospital.

A family friend said the death of her mother, Jeanette, last August following a long illness had left her “devastated”.

The couple were married at St Stephen’s Comely Bank Parish Church in March 1984 and were due to mark their 30th anniversary on Monday.