Vicky family anguish over killings

DAILY news bulletins of the hunt for the killer of five Ipswich women are today bringing back horrible heartbreaking memories for the parents of murdered Suffolk schoolgirl Vicky Hall.

DAILY news bulletins of the hunt for the killer of five Ipswich women are today bringing back horrible heartbreaking memories for the parents of murdered Suffolk schoolgirl Vicky Hall.

For Graham and Lorinda Hall it is a painful time - and one from which they cannot escape with the murders dominating TV and radio, newspapers and everyone's conversations.

National newspapers have even drawn parallels between 17-year-old Vicky's death in 1999 and the latest killings as the sixth former was snatched from the street, found naked in a water-filled ditch, in similar circumstances to Tania Nicol and Gemma Adams.

But Mr and Mrs Hall, of Faulkeners Way, Trimley St Mary, said there are also marked differences between the cases and do not believe they are in any way connected.

Mr Hall said: “It has been a very difficult week and it has brought back horrible, awful memories.

“But any time young people are killed, whether it is young women like this or a youngster in a car crash, it brings back memories. It makes you feel pretty depressed.

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“We really feel for the families of these young women who have been killed and send our sympathies to them - we know exactly what they are going through, we know how they feel and what a terrible time they will be having.”

Mr Hall said one of the most painful parts of the grieving process had been the unanswered questions - the not knowing why their daughter, a beautiful, intelligent, vivacious girl with her whole life ahead of her, had been taken from them.

He said: “Everyone wants to know why - we would like to know why Victoria was taken.

“You also want justice, want the person who did it to be caught.

“It is not going to bring back Victoria or any of the other girls, but there should be justice.”

Without a reason why, Vicky's death seemed a random killing.

He said: “We don't know where the person came from, who they were, or whether they came from away and afterwards went back there.

“Hopefully, in the case of the five women from Ipswich the police will be able to find who killed them. I am no expert, but I would have thought the police will be pleased at where some of the bodies have been left because they should be able to find quite a lot of evidence.

“At other times, as in Vicky's case, where the person has cleverly or luckily put the body in water, it has not been so easy to find that evidence.”

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