Heartbreaking detail in photo of Melbourne 'murder-suicide' scene

Yahoo News Staff
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Images from a Melbourne home where three children and their mother died in a suspected murder-suicide show the innocent drawings done by one of the siblings stuck to the window.

Katie Perinovic, 42, and her children – seven-year-old Claire, five-year-old Anna and three-year-old Matthew – were named by multiple media outlets as the four people found dead at the Tullamarine house in the city’s northwest.

Police announced on Friday afternoon they had “formed the preliminary view that the 42-year-old woman is responsible for all four deaths”.

Melbourne couple Tomislav and Katie Perinovic with their three children.
Tomislav and Katie Perinovic pictured with their children. Source: Facebook

While Victoria Police detectives were photographed at the crime scene, the two drawings, reportedly done by Claire, are seen on the window.

A clearer shot of the seven-year-old’s art was published by Daily Mail Australia.

One of the drawings show what appears to be the earth and says, “Save the world”, along with a love heart.

A second faded drawing appears to be a rainbow.

Claire's drawings are stuck on a far left window of the Melbourne house.
Claire's drawings are seen in the window on the far left of the home where she, her two siblings and their mother died. Source: AAP

A makeshift memorial has appeared outside the Tullamarine home, with grieving locals leaving flowers and other tributes since Friday.

Close friend Frankie Franjic told the Herald Sun Ms Perinovic was a “beautiful girl” and when he last saw her a few months ago, she appeared to be happy.

He added the children’s father and Ms Perinovic’s husband, Tomislav, was “the most loving father ever” who spent a lot of time with his children.

Neighbours told 7News Ms Perinovic had struggled during Melbourne’s Covid-19 lockdown, with one saying she had been “withdrawn” recently.

A Victoria Police investigator pictured at the Tullamarine scene. To their left are Claire Perinovic's drawings stuck on the window.
A Victoria Police investigator is seen at the Tullamarine scene with Claire's drawings stuck on the window behind them on the left. Source: AAP

“She was not the usual bubbly effervescent Katie, wasn’t really interested in what everybody else was doing, she was very quiet,” Marie Groves told 7News.

Ms Groves told the ABC Ms Perinovic was a physiotherapist who had only recently returned to work after taking time off to care for Matthew.

Mr Perinovic called emergency services to report the deaths on Thursday afternoon.

He assisted police with their inquiries and was later released without charge.

They do not believe the father was involved and are not looking for anyone else in relation to the matter, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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