Family Shares Photos Of Sydney Teens Shot Dead By Their Dad
The family of two teenagers shot dead by their father in West Pennant Hills on Thursday have shared images of the children, as detectives continue to investigate.
Jack Edwards, 15, and his 13-year-old sister Jennifer Edwards were both shot dead by their father John Edwards, 68, on Thursday night inside their home West Pennant Hills. Their father was found dead the following day in Normanhurst.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said it was too early to say exactly what happened in the West Pennant Hills house but police believe the killings were "planned and premeditated".
They were aware of Mr Edwards over past matters but he had no recent issues with the law.
He had been involved in a custody battle with the children's 36-year-old mother, Olga Edwards, for two years following the breakdown of their marriage.
But the nature of their relationship and any violent incidents between them is still being investigated.
Two "quite powerful" handguns registered in the father's name sometime this year and used to kill the children, were found at the Normanhurst home, Mr McFadden added.
A number of other guns owned by Mr Edwards were also found.
Mr McFadden said the mother, who arrived at the house shortly after the shooting, was treated by paramedics for severe shock.
Ms Edwards, a solicitor at Brown and Partners Solicitors in Woolwich, was taken into the care of friends and police.
Mr Edwards, described as a "recluse" by a neighbour, was a financial planner and volunteered with the NSW Rural Fire Service, Lions Club and Pennant Hills Junior AFL Club, according to his LinkedIn page.
Juliette Hackett, who lives near Mr Edwards' home, said she didn't know the family well but the teenagers "had their challenges".
"I feel very sad that John felt that there was no alternative than the horrific thing he did," she told AAP.
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