Family farewell: ‘The world is colder now’
The white coffins of three little girls lay beside their mother Mara Harvey, whose coffin lay beside that of her mother, Beverley Quinn, in a funeral for five slain family members in Perth.
The short lives of three-yearold Charlotte and twins Beatrix and Alice, 2, were commemorated at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park yesterday, with a teddy bear sitting on each of the sisters’ coffins.
Their mother was described as devoted to the welfare of her children, and their grandmother as an energetic widow who “helped anyone, but looked after her family first”.
Ms Harvey and her children were murdered in their home in the suburb of Bedford last month. It is thought Ms Harvey had just returned home about 11pm from working a night shift at a Coles store.
Police allege the girls’ father, Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, used a blunt instrument and knives to kill his 41-year-old wife and three daughters on September 3 before allegedly killing Ms Quinn, 73, the next day when she turned up at the family home.
Mr Harvey has been charged with five counts of murder, and has not yet entered a plea.
Police allege he continued living at the family’s house for several days before travelling 1500km north to the Pilbara town of Pannawonica where he reported to police.
Family, friends and workmates of Ms Harvey and her mother packed into the chapel yesterday. Taryn Tottman, Ms Harvey’s younger sister, told mourners she was a loving and adventurous soul “who worked hard and was fearless in the way she faced this world”.
She said their New Zealandborn mother Beverley had made Mara’s life easier by helping with the children.
“She was the strongest person Mara and I knew … The world is a bit colder now.”
Taryn Tottman lights candles on the coffins yesterday