'They were happy': Mum and kids killed in Perth car fire identified

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A mother and her two children appeared “happy” in their new life in Western Australia before being found dead in a suspected murder-suicide in Perth on Monday, a close friend has revealed.

The bodies of Selvamma Doreswamy, 40, Abiyah, 10, and Aiden Selvan, eight, were found by firefighters in a burnt out red car in the southern suburb of Coogee.

While investigations are ongoing, police say they do not believe another party was involved.

Selvamma Doreswamy, 40, Abiyah, 10, and Aiden Selvan, eight, pictured at a Perth memorial.
The bodies of Selvamma Doreswamy, 40, Abiyah, 10, and Aiden Selvan, eight, were found by firefighters in a burnt out red car in the southern suburb of Coogee. Source: Nine News

In the days leading up to their shocking deaths, Ms Doreswamy had seemed “normal”, family friend Sam Revington told The West Australian.

Mr Revington said he visited Ms Doreswamy at the family’s Canning Vale home last week.

“Nobody understands why this happened,” he said, adding that she had made him a coffee.

“She was fine ... She was laughing, smiling. Everything was perfect.

“They were really happy in Perth. That’s why we are really shocked. We couldn’t find any reason for this to happen. They had a good life. She was a lovely lady and he is a nice man.”

Firefighters and police looking at the family's burnt out car.
While investigations are ongoing, police say they do not believe another party was involved. Source: Nine News

Mr Revington said the 40-year-old’s husband Selvan Govindhan-Vairavan — who was travelling to the US to visit his brother when he received the devastating news — cared “so much for his family”.

Mr Govindhan-Vairavan returned to Perth on Wednesday night and is being supported by their heartbroken friends, the publication reports.

Detective-Inspector Quentin Flatman said the children's father was “quite shocked and is looking for answers himself”.

The couple both worked at Fiona Stanley Hospital after moving to Perth from Melbourne in 2015.

'Never prepared for something like this'

Providence Christian College principal Bill Innes told Nine News the community is mourning the shocking deaths of Abiyah and Aiden.

A makeshift memorial with messages from mourning students was seen outside the school on Wednesday.

"You're never prepared for something like this," Mr Innes said.

Abiyah was “talented and kind”, while Aiden gave “110 per cent in everything” and was “just full of energy”, he said.

"There's been a sense of devastation throughout the college,” the school's principal added.

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