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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ellie Butler's grandparents release statement after her father is jailed for murdering her in #Sutton

Impact statement of Ellie's maternal grandparents, Neal and the late Linda Gray.

Ellie spent most of her life with them, from the age of 5 weeks to 5 years, and they disowned their daughter, Ellie's mother, Jennie Gray.

This statement was taken whilst Linda Gray was alive. She subsequently passed away as the trial was starting.

To say that Ellie's death has caused complete and utter devastation to us, our family and to all those who loved her does not even begin to describe the feelings that we have had day and night constantly since her death.

Our lives have changed so dramatically due to the impact and shock and horror of this event that we struggle every day to deal with the reality of the death of our dear granddaughter Ellie. She was our shining light.

When we were told the news of Ellie's death it was a very raw feeling then and it remains so today and will do so forever more. Ellie was a very beautiful, bubbly and intelligent little girl who always had a smile on her face and even at such a young age she was nobody's fool. She was our life and she gave so much pleasure to us and our family too, how we all miss her.

The devastation this has caused to us and our family does not get any better as each day passes and we do not think we will ever recover from it. It affects our everyday lives and there is not a day that goes by when we do not think of Ellie, we think of her all the time. She was so special to us and to all our family, friends and people in the community who knew her. Local people, some of whom we did not even know, came to express their sadness upon hearing of her death and we received over a hundred messages of sympathy. This gave us great comfort in our time of mourning. Ellie had many friends in school and the community all of whom were totally grief-stricken.

Ellie enjoyed doing many after school activities and her death means that we will miss out on her growing up, completing her education, maybe going to university, getting married and having her own children. All of this joy has been taken away from us; her grandparents.

Our family was so close to Ellie and played a great part in much of her life. We have all been left with a great void in our lives as a result of what has happened. This has caused untold stress, sleepless nights and has been detrimental to my wife's current ill health.

We have difficulty facing people and people have difficulty facing us and visiting our home. It affects our everyday lives. It was such a great privilege and pleasure to have been Ellie's grandparents and to be able to have loved her in her short life. This goes for our family and friends too. We did not realise that some people could be so wicked in life.

Our beautiful granddaughter Ellie, we all miss her very, very, much, more than any words can express. Life will never be the same for us again.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:29 pm  

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