Tributes Flow For Olga Edwards Following Her Death
Australia was left in mourning once again yesterday as the mother of two Sydney teens who were shot dead by their own father five months ago was found dead in her West Pennant Hills home, the same place where her children were murdered.
The body of 36-year-old Olga Edwards was discovered in the home on Hull Road by police after they had performed a welfare check on Wednesday morning.
It’s believed police performed the visit after they were unable to make contact with Ms Edwards. It’s believed that her death is not being treated as suspicious.
A police source spoke with the Daily Telegraph and said that Ms Edwards had been “struggling lately” without her family, especially in the lead up to Christmas.
“Since losing her children she has been in and out of hospital and police have been in constant contact wither and became worried when they didn’t hear from her,” the source said.
Since news broke of the young woman’s death, the entire nation has been overcome with grief and shock and many people have taken to social media to express just how devastating this ending is to the family tragedy.
Many people expressed how “unfathomable” the suffering was that Ms Olga must have been going through, while others said that they had cried when they heard the news.
#letwomenlive #letwomenlive I can’t handle this anymore #OlgaEdwards she must be remembered. Her kids must be remembered. Do we have to stop the nation? Please don’t let it go by again. #ViolenceAgainstWomen #MenToo do something— Yvonne szwedyc (@Yvonne51Yvonne) December 12, 2018
I want to express the profound effect the news about Olga Edwards has had on me but I can find no adequate words.— Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) December 12, 2018
Just catching up on the incredibly sad news of Olga Edwards’ tragic death. Grief is too painful a journey to travel alone. We need to offer support and love to people that are alone at Christmas, and especially to those who are grieving. Please reach out and be there for others..— Stella Bella (@StellaSpoons) December 12, 2018
Such sad news hearing that Olga Edwards took her own life today.— DJ (@_CharleeGirl_) December 12, 2018
Unable to bear the pain of living without her beautiful children after her husband murdered them and took them from her.....
Fly high with your babies forever beautiful angel 💔
John Edwards took three lives. Reunited with your babies now Olga, may all three of you Rest in Peace. ❤️❤️❤️— Carla JS (@CarlsCarla) December 12, 2018
Such a brave woman who couldn't endure the pain any longer. RIP Olga Edwards 💔— Elle Banks (@_Elle_09) December 12, 2018
This horrible story about Olga Edwards is utterly tragic and says all you need to know about the repercussions from the actions of cowardly, selfish, violent men.— Bede Kelleher (@Bedeapk) December 12, 2018
RIP Olga Edwards. Lord knows you need some.— Spookybelle Oderboo (@yodaberg) December 12, 2018
Olga Edwards, I have no words. I am unutterably sad.— Michelle Obyrne MP (@chelobyrne) December 12, 2018
I feel so profoundly sad reading of the death of Olga Edwards this morning, yet another victim of domestic violence. When will this madness stop? Stop killing children to get back at partners!!! It makes me so, so angry and so so sad. Rest in Peace dear Olga.— Jane March (@bunnycakes64) December 12, 2018
Earlier this year on July 5, 68-year-old John Edwards, the estranged husband of Olga Edwards, entered the Pennant Hills home and shot dead their two children, 15-year-old Jack and 13-year-old Jennifer. He later turned the gun on himself.
It’s believed that Mr Edwards had hired a car to stalk his children and so that they would not recognise him when he arrived outside the family home.
The horrific murder occurred at about 5:30pm and Ms Edwards arrived home about one hour later to discover the horrific scene.
Ms Edwards, whose family lives in Russia, was taken into the care of friends following the tragedy.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this time.
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