Father Identified In Planned Murder Suicide Of Two Teenagers
'Nothing can prepare you to walk into a home and see two children in that state.'
What you need to know
- Police have confirmed the two teenagers shot dead in Sydney were killed by their father John Edwards
- The two firearms used in the incident where obtained by Edwards lawfully
- The teenagers' parents were separated and custody hearings regarding the children had been held recently
The father who shot dead his two teenage children has been named as financial planner John Edwards.
Police confirmed on Friday the two teenagers her killed in Sydney by their 68-year-old father.
A boy, 15, and girl, 13, were found dead at a Pennant Hills home on Thursday in what police believe was a domestic violence related incident.
Edwards was found dead in a Normanhurst property on Friday morning, after taking his own life.
"At this stage an extensive investigation into the circumstances is being conducted, extensive range of support services are being provided to the family which is having to go through this horrific experience of losing two children at the hands of another," Superintendent Brett McFadden said on Friday.
Two registered handguns were found at the scene and both belonged to the 68-year-old. McFadden said the attack and the suicide that followed appeared to be planned.
"We understand that those hand guns came into his possession lawfully earlier this year."
The teenagers'36-year-old mother, Olga Edwards, arrived at the home on Thursday, shortly after Police. She was treated for severe shock at the scene and spent the night in the care of friends.
It is understood the parents were separated and that there had been recent custody hearings regarding the couple's children.
Police described the scene where the teenagers were discovered as "horrific" and said support services had been made available to family members, the wider community and emergency personnel.
When you prepare yourself as a police officer, you prepare yourself to deal with the most tragic of circumstances, but nothing can prepare you to walk into a home and see two children in that state.
McFadden also expressed sympathy for the family's position, especially for the teenagers' mother.
"I can't imagine the significant stress and heartache she is going through," McFadden said.
"As you can imagine, this is a most traumatic incident. Our heart goes out to the family and to the police responding."
The police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the teens' deaths is ongoing.
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