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Father Whose All Three Children Were Killed By Billionaire Drunk Driver Ended His Life After Father’s Day

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Father Whose All Three Children Were Killed By Billionaire Drunk Driver Ended His Life After Father’s Day

“My children’s father, Edward Lake, has joined our kids so they can play together, forever.”

Edward Lake ended his life seven years after losing all of his children to a drunk driver. The 49-year-old lost them to Marco Muzzo, a 35-year-old who only served four years after killing the three children.

Daniel, 9, died on the spot. His siblings, Harry, 5, and Milly, 2, died shortly after they were declared brain dead at a local children’s hospital.

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Jennifer Neville-Lake

Edward spoke back in September 2015 after the incident, “We close our eyes and they’re all we see. This is a nightmare that will never go away.”

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Jennifer Neville-Lake

The man spoke after Muzzo was sentenced, “Because of you, we now live with this horror the rest of our lives.”

Jennifer’s husband of 16 years, Edward, ended his life at the age of 49 on June 20.

Jennifer and Edward’s three children were traveling with Jennifer’s parents, Gary and Neriza Neville.

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Neriza, who was driving the car, survived the crash, while Gary passed away. Inside the car was also Joseina Frias who suffered severe injuries. Not long after the two children died around the same time at the children’s hospital, Jennifer attempted suicide and miscarried a pregnancy.

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The family spoke to the public in February 2016 after Marco Muzzo pleaded guilty.

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Muzzo has a history of public intoxication and speeding before the tragic crash in 2015.

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Muzzo was returning from his bachelor party in Miami and had four drinks on the plane before he touched down. He drove in his Jeep Cherokee and was running at the speed of 50 miles per hour. When checked, Edward’s alcohol level was almost three times over the limit.

Gary Neville, pictured below, was also killed in the crash.

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Jennifer shared the news of his passing on her social media and wrote, “My children’s father, Edward Lake, has joined our kids so they can play together, forever. Mahal kita, Edward.”

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‘Mahal kita’ is the Filipino word for “I love you.” She wrote in the heartbreaking post, “The eyes he shared with Harry are forever closed Daniel’s curls will never shine in the sunlight again I will never see Milly’s shy smile creep across his lips anymore.”

Just a day ago, before Edward’s death, Jennifer posted, “Father’s day 2022. This shouldn’t be real. It can’t be.”

Muzzo’s sentence was initially nine years and four months with a 12-year driving ban. He was granted a day release in May 2020.

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Jennifer Neville-Lake

The parole board discussed full parole and heard that the suspect declared that he would never drink again. Jennifer shared her despair when his parole was extended in November 2020 and how she had “come to expect little from the justice system overall.”

“As the man who destroyed my family gets closer to joining his, I face a holiday season that I no longer celebrate.”

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The man was granted full parole by February 2021 and eventually, full release on June 18, 2022. Jennifer wrote, “My multiple life sentences will never end.”

Muzzo already began asking for day parole in November 2018. He’s also the heir to a billion-dollar family construction business.

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A petition has been launched to have his name removed from two hospitals in Toronto after they received donations from his family. But both Mackenzie Health and Sickkids Hospital refused. The donation for Mackenzie Health came in 2017 after the crash, while the Sickkids Hospital was where Harry and Milly were admitted in.

“I was careless and irresponsible when I made the choice to drink and drive. There is no way that I can undo the damage that I have caused. I will live with this for the rest of my life,” Muzzo said in a statement through his lawyer in 2020.

Jennifer told him in 2016, “I don’t have anyone left to call me mom. You killed all my babies. I miss my kids. I miss my dad. I want my old life back.”

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Both have expressed suicidal thoughts, with Edward telling him, “I feel lost. I feel destroyed. That’s what I feel.”

Jennifer spoke lovingly of his children. Her eldest, Daniel, was a “proud ballet dancer and member of Scouts Canada.” Harry, who lost both his hands to health issues, was a “happy-go-lucky” who “loved animals and especially bugs and worms. He would cradle them in his hands and giggle at them, telling them jokes, she said.”

She continued, “If Milly gave you her hand to hold then you just knew you were in her inner circle and that would be followed up by a hug and kiss from her.”

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Jennifer started the Many Hands, Doing Good, non-profit organization in 2018 that focuses on providing therapy through creative means.

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She’s also been involved in supporting a parliamentary review of Canada’s National Victim’s Bill of Rights that was “inconsistent” in helping families in cases similar to hers.

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A lot of people showed support for the family and share the same rage at Muzzo’s release.

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