Australia 'mass murder-suicide': Mum and her four 'autistic' children among seven victims found dead in remote house

May 15, 2018 lil teryan 0 Comments


A mother and her four autistic children are among the seven victims found dead in a suspected mass murder-suicide, it is reported.

Police found four children and three adults dead in a rural property situated in the Margaret River wine-growing region.

Katrina Miles and her four kids aged eight to 13 have been named locally as victims of the tragedy. Katrina has been described by friends as a devoted mum who worked tirelessly to provide for her "smart and beautiful" daughter and three sons.

The victims were found in Osmington near the southwestern tip of Australia, Western Australia's Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson told a news conference.

It comes a month after Katrina posted on Facebook saying: "My ex does not stop stalking me," according to Daily Mail Australia.



The victims were found in Osmington


It is not clear who the other two victims were at this time.

Dawson said two firearms were found at the scene - and that there appeared to be gunshot wounds.

Police are treating the incident as a murder-suicide and investigators were not looking for a suspect, according to ABC News.

The 'mass murder-suicide' has shocked the country which has particularly strict gun laws.

It is thought to be the worst mass shooting in Australia since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, which claimed the lives of 35 people and seriously injured 23 others.




An aerial view of the scene


Speaking about Katrina, a friend told The Australian: "I always admired her for her strength.

"The kids were kind, gentle, smart and beautiful children."

Katrina's parents Cynda and Peter Miles were said to own the property and Katrina home-schooled her kids on the farm, reports say.


Katrina's mum Cynda (pictured) was the owner of the property

Police Commissioner Dawson said: "I can only describe it as a horrific situation."


"We have no information to raise concern about wider public safety issues at this point in time."

Police said they went to the property after getting a telephone call at about 5.15am this morning.

"The reason police went to the property was from a telephone call which we've recorded," said Dawson, who would not comment on the identity of the caller, although reports say it was a male.

Two adults were found outside the property and the other five bodies were inside.

"This will be a very large-scale and detailed investigation," Commissioner Dawson said.

Homicide detectives are helping police with their investigations.

MP for Vasse Libby Mettam said the deaths have sent "shockwaves" through the community.


She said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that will be affected by this tragedy, including those first responders."

A nearby resident said she was in shock and devastation after the tragedy.

A police chaplain is offering support to anyone impacted by what has happened.

Gun crime in Australia fell sharply after strict controls were introduced in response to a mass shooting in 1996 when a lone gunman killed 35 people in Tasmania.

That prompted the government to buy back or confiscate a million firearms and make it harder to buy new ones.

Australia has banned all semi-automatic rifles and all semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns and has a restrictive system of licensing and ownership controls.


While there have been some mass killings since Port Arthur, the latest killings could prove to be the single biggest incident of gun-related deaths since 1996.






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