Four Days: Two Burials; Families Face Harrowing Week as They Lay Loved Ones to Rest

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), August 17, 2007 | Go to article overview

Four Days: Two Burials; Families Face Harrowing Week as They Lay Loved Ones to Rest


Byline: By HELEN RAE

LOVED ones of knifed Samantha Madgin and her uncle Gary are rallying together to plan their funerals.

Within a fortnight, new mum Samantha, 18, and her uncle Gary, 41, were both tragically killed.

Today relatives are dealing with the harrowing task of organising both funerals, which will be held next week, four days apart.

Samantha, of Merlin Crescent, Wallsend, was knifed to death on August 2, her first night out since her son, Callum, was born.

She was confronted in a back-lane disturbance involving two groups after visiting nearby Albert Avenue with friends.

Then dad-of-three Mr Madgin, of Burn Avenue, Forest Hall, North Tyneside, died when he lost control of his Ford Transit and hit a central reservation on the A19 near Killingworth on Monday night.

Just hours earlier he had learned his uncle Bob Higginson, 73, of North Shields, had died at a wedding in Canada. Mr Madgin was travelling home.

From the family business, The Dorset Arms Hotel, in Wallsend, Eileen Campbell - Samantha's grandmother and Mr Madgin's mum - said the family was bearing up. …

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