Warning: This story deals with family violence and suicide.
On Thursday evening, at around 6.30pm, 36-year-old Olga Edwards returned to her West Pennant Hills home after work to find a ‘horrific scene’. It’s reported the mum-of-two collapsed from severe shock as she learned what had happened to her 15-year-old son, Jack, and 13-year-old daughter, Jennifer, at the hands of their father.
According to The Daily Telegraph, John Edwards, 68, hired a car so that when he pulled up outside the family home, his children wouldn’t know it was him. He timed the attack just before school holidays, so he knew his son and daughter would be at home alone without their mother. At around 5.20pm on Thursday, he shot his two teenaged children dead in a “planned and premeditated” attack in their Hull Road, West Pennant Hills home.
John Edwards was found dead in his Normanhurst home about 12 hours after his children’s bodies were found. Police believe he took his own life.
On Saturday afternoon, Olga Edwards requested the first images of her children be released, according to NSW Police.