Content warning: this post discusses suicide and may be disturbing for some readers.
The estranged father of the four children killed in a suspected murder-suicide in Margaret River in May this year, has revealed that he found out about the death of his children from a co-worker when he was at work.
“They said ‘hey have you heard on Triple J? Four kids and three adults’,” concreter Aaron Cockman told current affair program Sunday Night in an interview.
Cockman is the father of 13-year-old Taye, 12-year-old Ryle, 10-year-old Arye and eight-year-old Kadyn, who were found dead at their Forever Dreaming farm in Osmington on the 11th of May.
“My heart just dropped. I said ‘yeah, I think that’s my kids'”, he told the program.
Moments before he found out, the concreter had received a text message from police officers who had asked to speak with him. They arrived shortly after.
“I asked, ‘Is it true, is it my kids?'” he said.
“And they said ‘yes'”
Following the tragedy, the Miles family issued a statement.
“We are devastated by this shocking event. We are stunned and still trying to understand how this could happen,” the family said.
“We respectfully ask that the community refrain from speculating on the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.
“We thank the community for their support and ask that our privacy is respected as we grieve.”
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