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Mother pays emotional tribute to Amy and Owen Philcox

by Karl Walderman. Published Tue 17 Jun 2008 14:22

The heartbroken mother of Amy and Owen Philcox who were killed by their father inside a car in North Wales, has paid a tribute to her 'little angels.'

Lyn Philcox made an emotional tribute to her two children - saying they were her 'reason for living' and is devastated at the tragedy.

Lyn from Runcorn, Cheshire, said: "My family and I are absolutely devastated about the loss of Amy and Owen.

"They were more than everything to us - they were our world and a reason for living.

"Amy was a very artistic child and was labelled by her teachers at Windmill Hill Primary School as exceptional.

"She was a strong willed little girl and loved to be in the middle of whatever was going on.

"Owen was very loving little boy and very affectionate.

"He would always play with my hair which he found comforting. Owen loved playing with his Thomas the Tank engine and Lazytown toys.

"Every night they would both get into bed with me and we would read books and sing together. The children loved story time in bed with me at night.

"We cannot believe what has happened and how they have so unfairly and tragically been taken away from us.

"They are our beautiful little angels and will be greatly missed and they will always be in our hearts."

Father to the youngsters Brian Philcox, drove his children to the secluded beauty spot in Conwy Valley where he fed a hose from his exhaust pipe inside the car.

The three died inside the vehicle from carbon-monoxide poisoning.

Mr Philcox, who was in his 50s, was involved in the local karate community and was said by neighbours to be going through a 'tricky divorce.'

Detectives are treating the deaths of the children as suspicious, but are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident

Police enquires continue and a file is now being prepared for the Coroner, who has opened and adjourned an inquest.


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