911 call from slain boys' mom released

Published June 24, 2006

MIAMI BEACH - A woman called 911 screaming "Why?" when she discovered her husband had tossed their two sons off the 15th floor of a South Beach hotel before jumping to his own death, according to recordings released Friday.

"Why did he do that to me? Why did he do this?" Qinuo Van Dyk, 40, cried after making the gruesome discovery at the posh Loews Hotel on May 27.

She was apparently referring to her husband, Edward Van Dyk, 43. The emergency operator had trouble understanding Mrs. Van Dyk because she was crying and screaming throughout the nearly four-minute call.

An unidentified man also can be heard on the 911 tape. "We got an emergency here! We need a paramedic immediately," he said.

Van Dyk made the 911 call after hearing one of her sons, ages 4 and 8, screaming from an adjacent room. She entered the room and saw her husband throw himself over a balcony, authorities said.

An attendant from the hotel also called police after seeing a boy fall from a balcony. The bodies landed on a mezzanine roof about two floors above the ground.

The family was on vacation celebrating the Van Dyks' 10th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Van Dyk told police the couple had marital problems over the previous six months, but their relationship had improved.

No suicide note was found. Authorities said Edward Van Dyk did not suffer from depression and was not on any medication.

He was a radiation oncologist at Alton Memorial Hospital in Illinois.