The Perinovic family. Picture: Facebook
The Perinovic family. Picture: Facebook

Mum and children identified as father speaks to police

The homicide squad are investigating after three children and their mother were found dead at a house in Tullamarine.

They include a three-year-old boy and two girls aged five and seven.

The mother was 42-years-old.

The father of the children - a 48-year-old man - is in custody assisting with inquiries.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill said it was a "tragic event" and the investigation is "in its very early stages".

"We know it involves a husband, a wife and three children. Investigators do not believe there are other parties involved at this stage. Victoria Police do not seek any other person at this point in time."

He said "we can not afford to make any assumptions as to what occurred".

The husband and father, who is in custody, has spoken to police and provided an account of what happened.

"It is a tragic event to lose life in any circumstances. But when it involves thr

He said the tragedy would affect emergency crews who attended the scene, the neighbourhood and the broader community.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Galliott said said it was important the community do not speculate on the events.

Police will be "processing the scene throughout the night", he said.

"She was a really nice lady," a neighbour said.

"It is really sad.

"The kids were always dressed nice.

"She was polite. She was really friendly.

"No one around here would say a bad thing about her."

He described the woman as a doting mother of three who was always taking her children for bike rides and ice cream.

A heavy police presence remains at the scene. Picture: Brianna Travers
A heavy police presence remains at the scene. Picture: Brianna Travers

 

Neighbours talk to police at the scene. Picture: David Geraghty
Neighbours talk to police at the scene. Picture: David Geraghty

A Victoria Police spokesperson said the exact circumstances were unclear at this point.

"A man is assisting police with their enquiries,'' the spokesperson said.

"A crime scene has been established and detectives from the Homicide Squad are attending. The exact circumstances around the incident are under investigation and we will provide more information when it's appropriate to do so. There is currently no ongoing threat to the community.''

The man was taken away in an ambulance under police guard.

Helicopter vision shows children's toys in the backyard.

Neighbour Marie Groves described the people living in the house as a "beautiful family".

"She was gorgeous. She was lovely. They were a beautiful family," Ms Groves said.

"She really loved her job, loved her babies, loved her family. She's so protective of them.

"I can't believe it - those babies."

 

 

Homicide detectives are at the scene. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sarah Matray
Homicide detectives are at the scene. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sarah Matray

Ms Groves said the woman was a physiotherapist and her husband was a mechanic.

She revealed the couple had plans to rebuild their house.

Ms Groves said last time she had seen the woman was before Christmas, and said she seemed "a bit quiet" but nothing seemed wrong.

A neighbour spoken to by the Herald Sun, who lives next door to the crime scene, said he was shocked to learn four people were found dead.

"It's my next door neighbour,'' he said.

"I heard the police and I went to check on what was happening and they (police) told me to go home and stay inside.

"I don't know what happened. There's three young kids there.

"They have been very nice.

"I saw the man (my neighbour) sitting in a chair. I'm in real shock.''

Another neighbour, Johnie, said he was frightened to see a heavy police presence saturate his street.

"It's a bit too much for a local neighbourhood like this," he said.

"The police Chopper was over our house for an hour."

Victoria Police will hold a press conference at 4:30pm.

 

Neighbours were shocked to find their street flooded with police. Picture: David Geraghty
Neighbours were shocked to find their street flooded with police. Picture: David Geraghty

 

A Victoria Police spokesperson said the exact circumstances were unclear at this point. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sarah Matray
A Victoria Police spokesperson said the exact circumstances were unclear at this point. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sarah Matray

 

 

 

- More to come

Originally published as Four people found dead at Tullamarine property

Police say there is currently no ongoing threat to the community.’ Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sarah Matray
Police say there is currently no ongoing threat to the community.’ Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sarah Matray

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