NEIGHBOURS have spoken about the “shocking” Bedford tragedy, where five people spanning three generations were found dead in a Coode Street home.
Police revealed yesterday the ages and genders of the victims in the homicide investigation.
The bodies of Mara Quinn, her two-year-old twins Beatrix and Alice and three-year-old Charlotte and mother Beverley Quinn were all found in the Coode Street property on Sunday.
Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel told reporters on Sunday that a man in his 20s attended a regional police station earlier in the day.
The information the man gave police there led them to the Bedford property, where they found the victims. The man remains in police custody, but no charges had been laid Monday morning.
Forensic police were still on the scene yesterday when the Reporter went to press.
Richard Fairbrother lives next door and is one of the neighbours who has spoken of their shock at the tragedy.
“It is a terrible, terrible tragedy for the family,” he said.
“It is sad for the community, it is sad for a lot of people who knew the family but it just can’t be understated how terrible it is for the family.”
Mr Fairbrother said he understood the family may have been killed “sometime in the last week” but he had been overseas at the time.
“I have been to their house a couple of times, they have been to ours a couple of times and yeah, you get to know them a little bit,” he said.
“More than anything, we knew them from sharing the backyard.
“The kids’ ball will fly into our yard all the time and we’d be throwing it back. I’ve spoken to our neighbours… at this stage, it is more shock than anything else because people are still trying to get the full story as to what actually has happened here.”
Alicia Bienkowski, who also lives nearby, said it was “completely shocking”.
“Everyone is pretty horrified,” she said.
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said she was “dumbfounded” by the tragedy.
Police at the Coode Street home where five people were found dead.
Mara Quinn with daughter Charlotte at the time of her birth.