Latabua: I’m so sorry
18 August, 2019, 1:52 pm
“I know they are hurting and I am so sorry.”
These were the words of a man who is grieving the death of his brother, Jeremiah Digitaki, and at the same time struggling to accept that his deceased sibling was responsible for the tragic death of his 43-year-old wife, Edith Holmes.
Police have classified the double deaths at the couple’s townhouse in Bound Brook Court, Virginia Beach, United States, as murder-suicide.
Speaking to this newspaper yesterday, Maciu Latabua said the circumstances leading to the tragedy had caused a great deal of tension between the two families.
“I haven’t been able to talk to most of Edith’s family and I understand why they can’t talk to us,” he said.
“Even we are still hesitant and still have a lot of questions.
“What I do know is we never expected this to happen.
“I can’t imagine what Edith’s family is going through right now. All I can say is I’m sorry.
“On behalf of my brother, I want to say I’m sorry.”
Mr Latabua described the couple as loving and caring to everyone who crossed their path.
“They were beautiful people. A beautiful couple, inside and out.
“They never let anyone they met feel like they didn’t belong. They opened up their home to everyone.
“They loved to volunteer and help people. I remember one year they sent a three-tonne truck full of clothes for Dilkusha Home.”
He said he last communicated with his brother a day before, to wish him a belated 52nd birthday.
“He was happy and laughing in the video chat. I wished him happy birthday and he said he still felt very young even though he was turning 52.
“Edith was laughing in the background. She was so happy in that moment.”
Edith’s sister, Faye Goodwin, said she accepted Mr Latabua’s apology.
“Why it happened and how it happened still remains a mystery to me,” she said.
“He was a good husband and a great father to his kids. “I can understand why they are freaking out because that was not Jerry.
“I absolutely accept his apology. His family had nothing to do with it.”
She said those who knew Jerry would agree with her.
“He worked at a hospital in Virginia Beach.
“He was a healer, not a killer, it’s unfortunate that something happened that made him snap.”