Fam­ily farewell: ‘The world is colder now’

The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION - VIC­TO­RIA LAU­RIE

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.”

AAP

Taryn Tottman lights can­dles on the coffins yes­ter­day

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