Tell them you love them and hug them and kiss them each day.

Daily Echo: Kerrie Hughes Kerrie Hughes

That is Kerrie Hughes’s poignant message to every other mum after her two baby girls were smothered to death by their father.

Grieving Kerrie paid tribute to her “little princesses” who were murdered by David Cass, who then took his own life.

She also released two of the last pictures ever to be taken of her children who she described as “beautiful”.

Smiling at the camera as she played on a trampoline is three-year-old Ellie. Her baby sister Isobelle, who was just one, is seen grinning at the camera.

The little girls were found dead in a caravan on Sunday night. Police were called to Paynes Road garage where they forced entry to the site and made the discovery.

The body of Mr Cass, who had hanged himself, was found close by.

In a statement to the Daily Echo, Kerrie, of Elderberry Close, Fair Oak, said: “Everybody who knew my babies knows just how beautiful they are and that they are and always will be princesses in everybody’s eyes, especially mine.

“I would also like to tell every mother that no matter what is going on or how busy your days are, to tell your babies how much you love them and what they mean to you with a hug and a kiss too, every day.”

Kerrie, 20, who had recently separated from Mr Cass, added: “I would like to say thank you to all my friends and family for their support and condolences but, as you will understand, it is a hard time for us and we are all trying to deal with it as best we can.”

Grahame Hughes, Kerrie’s uncle, also spoke on behalf of the family and paid tribute to Ellie Marie and Isobelle Frances.

He said: “This whole situation seems almost unreal to us. We are all quite numb over what has happened.

“It is as if time has stopped.”

Mr Hughes added: “We also feel very much for Dave’s family, who are going through the same sort of thing. We feel respectful to all the friends and family and others who have offered us their condolences and support.”

David Cass smothered Isobelle and Ellie in the caravan where he lived in the grounds of the Paynes Road garage.

The MoT tester then hanged himself after making a phone call to family telling them what he had done and that he loved them.

He also left a chilling message for Miss Hughes, saying “the children have gone to sleep forever”.

Police found the bodies at the garage in Paynes Road, Freemantle, following a 999 call shortly before 7pm on Sunday.

Meanwhile, work restarted yesterday at the garage. Mechanics were busy working on cars as people came by to add more flowers to the growing number of tributes left at the murder scene.

Among the visitors was Mr Cass’s mother who collected some personal belongings from the site.

People who did not know the family were among those laying flowers after reading of the tragedy in the Daily Echo.

A former work colleague of 33-year-old Mr Cass, driver James Angel, said: “I saw him about a month ago with one of his daughters on his shoulders at Marwell Zoo.

“He seemed like a really good dad, so this has come as a total surprise.”

Yesterday detectives confirmed that post-mortem examinations on the bodies of Ellie and Isobelle revealed they had died as a result of asphyxiation induced by smothering.

David Cass died as a result of strangulation caused by hanging.

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9:28pm Wed 24 Sep 08

Saintlygirl says...

Kerrie, my sincere sympathy to you. I have an 8 month old daughter whom I love so much and I feel like the luckiest person in the world, having her and my husband who is a good man. I cannot begin to understand what it is like for you right now. My sincere thoughts are with you and your family. XXX
Kerrie, my sincere sympathy to you. I have an 8 month old daughter whom I love so much and I feel like the luckiest person in the world, having her and my husband who is a good man. I cannot begin to understand what it is like for you right now. My sincere thoughts are with you and your family. XXX Saintlygirl

10:15pm Wed 24 Sep 08

LooneyWest1983 says...

My god what a shock, I knew Dave Cass since I was little, when I found out about this my blood went cold as I knew Dave, but not that he had two beautiful daughters, obviously my thoughts go to Kerrie but also to Dave's Mum Lynn as she has lost a son amd two lovely grandchildren, I grew up with the Cass family and knew Dave, I am just shocked about this tragedy. My thoughts go out to Kerrie and the Cass family.
My god what a shock, I knew Dave Cass since I was little, when I found out about this my blood went cold as I knew Dave, but not that he had two beautiful daughters, obviously my thoughts go to Kerrie but also to Dave's Mum Lynn as she has lost a son amd two lovely grandchildren, I grew up with the Cass family and knew Dave, I am just shocked about this tragedy. My thoughts go out to Kerrie and the Cass family. LooneyWest1983

5:48am Thu 25 Sep 08

jean + mathew says...

kerrie my thought r with u hunnie i cant begin 2 amagein wot ur going through.i hope u no that we,re all hear 4 u and keep strong. my love thought r with u and ur in my prayers. ur little princesses r alway going 2 be in our memeries
kerrie my thought r with u hunnie i cant begin 2 amagein wot ur going through.i hope u no that we,re all hear 4 u and keep strong. my love thought r with u and ur in my prayers. ur little princesses r alway going 2 be in our memeries jean + mathew

5:46pm Thu 25 Sep 08

LooneyWest1983 says...

As before I posted that this is such a shock about this tragedy. I have kw the Cass family for years since I was a baby. But now I am tring to contact Lynn Cass which is Dave's Mum as we lost contact and me and my family really want to try and find her so we can try and help her through this and I know she would like us to try and contact her as I said so we can help her as she has not only lost a son but two granddaughters and we do not know whether these were her only grandchildren, so please Lynn if you see this please can you reply or any of her children that knows us, our family name is West and my name is Lynda so anyone of her children that knows us please please please get in contact please. Lynn and family our thoughts go out to you, hope to hear from you. From Lynda West x x x
As before I posted that this is such a shock about this tragedy. I have kw the Cass family for years since I was a baby. But now I am tring to contact Lynn Cass which is Dave's Mum as we lost contact and me and my family really want to try and find her so we can try and help her through this and I know she would like us to try and contact her as I said so we can help her as she has not only lost a son but two granddaughters and we do not know whether these were her only grandchildren, so please Lynn if you see this please can you reply or any of her children that knows us, our family name is West and my name is Lynda so anyone of her children that knows us please please please get in contact please. Lynn and family our thoughts go out to you, hope to hear from you. From Lynda West x x x LooneyWest1983

7:00pm Mon 13 Oct 08

ladybeeline says...

I know the cass family and if you email me I will give you a number to ring
I know the cass family and if you email me I will give you a number to ring ladybeeline
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