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24 February 2011, 15:21
A mum and her two children found dead in Leicestershire earlier this week have been described as 'kind, gentle and beautiful' by relatives.
44-year-old Claudia Oakes-Green, her 13-year-old son Thomas Henry Oakes-Green and daughter Eleanor Grace Oakes-Green, aged 9, were discovered at a house in Shepshed at around 10pm on Wednesday, February 23.
The immediate family of Claudia, Thomas and Eleanor have released the following statement:
Claudia was so strong and loving and protective, she was a rock in our family. Over the last few months she has become increasingly fearful for the future and anxious about our children’s future.
She was a very kind, gentle and caring person. To say we are devastated does not touch the loss that we feel. The events of the past few days have come totally out of the blue for us. We are finding it very difficult to comprehend what has happened.
The children were beautiful, they were both very caring. Eleanor would always go out of her way to make sure that other children felt included. She was lively, active and had a real impish streak.
Thomas was a gentle soul. Very loving and never had a bad word to say about anybody and always made time for family and his little sister.
We are a very private family and we feel very strongly that our grief is a private matter. We didn’t want to have to say anything publicly but we also felt that if anything was going to be said it should come from those who knew Claudia, Thomas and Eleanor the best.
We would very much appreciate it if the media could now allow us this time to grieve in peace.
The post mortem examinations have now been completed and investigations are being carried out on behalf of the coroner.
Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.