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A neighborhood devastated by a case of home violence which noticed two kids shot lifeless by their father in Sydney’s Hills district has been rocked once more by the demise of the youngsters’s mom.
Jack Edwards, 15, and Jennifer Edwards, 13, had been killed at their West Pennant Hills house in July in what police described as a “deliberate assault” by their father John in early July.
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Their mom, Olga Edwards, returned to the house shortly after police arrived.
About 10:00am right this moment, police went to Ms Edwards’ Hull Street house, involved for her welfare.
“The physique of a 37-year-old lady was situated deceased,” police mentioned in an announcement.
“The demise shouldn’t be being handled as suspicious and a report will probably be ready for the coroner.”
Following the July assault, John Edwards, a 68-year-old monetary companies employee, was discovered lifeless in a Normanhurst house, about 5 kilometres from the place his kids died.
Two weapons had been additionally recovered from the property.
Police described the weapons as “highly effective handguns” and mentioned they believed the youngsters had been at house alone after they had been attacked.
Edwards was understood to have registered for his firearms licence in late 2017 and bought a number of weapons as a registered gun licensee.
Jack and Jennifer Edwards, who were shot and killed by their father, John Edwards, in July. (Supplied)
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden mentioned it was a “heinous” and “horrific” crime.
Whereas Edwards was recognized to police, he had no “modern” legal report and police mentioned there had been custody hearings over the youngsters.
Members of the youngsters’s faculties mentioned they had been heartbroken after being instructed of the deaths, describing the assault as “devastating”.
A GoFundMe web page set as much as assist Ms Edwards, a Russian nationwide, raised $29,000 after being organised by a Fb group for Russian audio system in Australia.
Karen Willis, the chief officer of Rape and Home Violence Companies Australia, mentioned Ms Edwards endured “the unimaginable”.
“I feel anybody on the market with kids, simply desirous about shedding your kids would break your coronary heart,” she mentioned.
However Ms Willis additionally highlighted that assist companies had been accessible.
“There’s nationwide and statewide phone counselling companies accessible 24-7, face-to-face companies, police are an incredible assist,” she mentioned.
“However on the finish of the day we will not repair these issues as soon as they’ve occurred.
“What we have to do is return earlier than it begins and be actually clear, throughout the board, that disrespectful and violent relationships are unacceptable, and after they do happen, that we take fast and swift motion.”
Ms Willis mentioned the Federal Authorities is wanting into suggestions about Household Legislation Courtroom.
Her organisation has made a submission to the Senate inquiry calling for security to be the precedence, reasonably than cost-cutting.
“With out security in household legislation, girls could die,” she mentioned.