Is there any idiom or phrase to better express sadness in the context of the following sentence

This is a sad and unfortunate murder case which involves the death of a two-year old child.

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    desperately unfortunate? Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 13:43
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    There are thousands of ways to describe the death of a child as sad in English. There’s no way to narrow down the list without more information about why you don’t want to use “sad and unfortunate”.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 14:10

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I have found in Gngrams that

Tragic and terrible

is more used than

sad and unfortunate

Tragic and terrible is stronger than your phrase, but I think it does apply in the given context.

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