A mother and daughter have been stabbed to death before a man smashed a vehicle into a viaduct in a presumed double murder-suicide.
Nurse Emma Robertson Coupland, 39, was stabbed outside Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, Scotland, at 7.45 pm. Her daughter Nicole Anderson, 24, was attacked 20 minutes later near a takeaway shop she worked at and died in hospital.
A 40-year-old man crashed a vehicle under a viaduct and police said he died at the scene at about 8.30 pm.
Police said inquiries so far suggest the incidents are connected and officers are not looking for anyone else as part of their inquiry.
Local journalist Alex Tiffin said on Twitter he’d been informed by a police source the incidents were linked to a domestic incident.
Chief Superintendent Faroque Hussain said that several areas remained cordoned off as officers proceed to conduct their enquiries, and that they were working to establish the full facts of what had occurred, and that if anyone has any information which could help their enquiries to please contact them.
And he said that naturally, people would be horrified by what’s occurred, but that they were still in the process of establishing the full facts.
He said that he would like to reassure people that there was no wider threat to the community and that police would be on patrol and anyone with any concerns could approach these officers.
Tributes have flooded in for the deceased mother and daughter, with a relative saying that she was broken and that this could not be happening.
Another male family member posted that he truly couldn’t even put it into words how he was feeling. He said he was devastated, to say the least, and that it was the worst news of his life and he just couldn’t take it in.
A friend wrote that they were so sorry and that she was the most amazing lassie she knew and all her thoughts were to her family and that she was heartbroken.
An eyewitness at the hospital told a news outlet that they were picking someone up when a member of the medical staff was stabbed – the entire place was in lockdown, and armed police were there and they were sending everyone away from the area.
Another witness told Ayreshire Live that there were between 10 and 15 police vans sitting on the edge of the Moorfield Estate which is approximately half a mile away from the hospital.
This is a tragedy, killing a mum and daughter and it makes you question what’s wrong with people who view life like its nothing at all, and it appears that it’s us humans that are a real threat to humanity.
At the moment none of us knows why this terrible crime occurred, and it’s not for anyone else to know the cause, but it is still really sad for those concerned and their family.
Of course, we should never condone killing, particularly if it was premeditated, but then I guess the man killing himself did save the taxpayer some money. However, if it was a mental health problem then it’s a disgrace that there’s no help out there for the mentally ill, and three people are now dead that should be enjoying their lives, and it does make you question what happens to people to make them do something like this because this was a painful loss of beautiful lives.