The four people found dead in a home in Melbourne’s northwest have been identified as a mum and her three children.
Police attended the home at Tullamarine on Thursday about midday where they found the bodies of four people: a woman and three children.
Victoria Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill told reporters the four found dead were a mother, 42, and her three children – two girls aged 7 and 5, and their brother aged 3.
Police are speaking with the woman’s husband, 48, who is also the father of the children.
“The loss of life - tragic in any circumstances - but, when it involves children, it makes it even more heart-wrenching,” Comm Hill said.
He added police do not believe any other parties were involved, but stressed the investigation is in its early stages. Police said the man had no injuries and he called emergency services.
Comm Hill was asked if police had attended the home before to which he replied he was “not privy to that information”.
“But I can tell you that there is no family violence history associated with this family,” he said.
He also also asked if murder-suicide is a possibility.
“There is a number of possibilities, and that's one,” Comm Hill said.
“That could possibly be relevant to this particular event.
“As I said, we don't know the exact details of how this transpired.
“There is many scenarios that we need to actually explore but I just want to make it clear, as I've done already, we should not assume culpability on the basis that we have a male assisting us with our inquiries.
“We just need to understand the facts and, unfortunately, they're not known to us at the moment, but they will be in the fullness of time.”
Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Galliott said “there are many questions yet to be answered by police”.
“As has been mentioned, the loss of any life is tragic,” he said.
“However, the loss of young lives in circumstances such as this is are difficult to comprehend.
“This will have long-lasting effects on the police that have attended, on extended family, the community, the neighbourhood, the emergency services, and everybody else involved. They'll be lifelong memories that they'll have to deal with.”
More to come.
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