The bodies of a grief-stricken couple were found beside their dead nine-year-old son after he died of cancer.
Young Cristian Dimitris Arava had been diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just two years. The tumour grew continuously and doctors said surgery would be impossible.
Eventually he died and his parents, Arava and Vali were so devastated they took their own lives.
Neighbours found the couple, both aged 46, next to the child’s body at their family apartment in Constanta, Romania.
Prosecutor Sadic Zafer said it appears Vangheli hanged herself and her body was laid next to her
son’s and covered with a blanket while Nicholas was found hanged in the kitchen.
Investigators found a 13-page farewell letter from the parents in which they told of their heartbreak, which began several years ago when their son was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
On a computer blog written seven years ago, the boy’s mother said:
“I felt like I was dying myself when I heard the diagnosis.
“Our only hope that Cristian is a lucky child and the tumour will stop growing is now shattered. The thought that every moment could be fatal, it drives me crazy.”