HUNDREDS of people attended a church service in Cardiff after a
hit-and-run spree by a lorry driver left a mother of three children
dead, and 13 others, including a number of children, seriously
The Priest-in-Charge of the Resurrection, Glan Ely, the Revd Jan
Gould, urged those who were crammed into the church on Sunday to
respond with love to the tragedy rather than revenge. "This must
surely be perhaps the deepest grief we have shared as a community,"
but "let love be our last word," Ms Gould said.
On Tuesday, Matthew Tvrdon, of no fixed abode, was remanded in
custody at Newport Crown Court, accused of the murder of Karina
Menzies, attempted murder, and assault.
A van knocked over women and children in a series of
hit-and-runs last Friday afternoon. It is thought that Ms Menzies
died trying to save two of her three children by pushing them out
the way of the vehicle. Her two daughters were taken to hospital
with broken bones and other injuries, but returned home this
The Resurrection opened its doors as soon as the news broke that
afternoon, Ms Gould said, and people from all over the city came in
to light candles: "The church has been at the heart of the
community for a long time, but it was overwhelming how everyone
came here to be together as news broke."
She said that the community had been left traumatised by the
incident, with children particularly affected, as many had
witnessed the collisions, which occurred as pupils walked home from
"People were numb with grief. This is an incredibly close
community. People I know who struggle to buy food were putting £20
into the collection for the victims."
A trust fund, administered by the church, is being set up for
the three children of Ms Menzies.
Ms Gould has been asked by the family to help sort out the
affairs of Ms Menzies, and the future of her three children.