In Australia, Queensland police have confirmed the death of eight children found at a home in Cairns, an area with reportedly high crime rates.
The children, aged between 18 months and 15 years old, were discovered stabbed to death in their home by their brother. A 34-year-old woman with injuries to the chest is helping the police find out more.
The scene of the crime is located in the suburbs of Manoora, on Murray Street. The victim’s 20-year-old brother found their dead bodies and called emergency services.
Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said that the injured woman was helping police with their enquiries.
"As it stands at the moment, there's no need for the public to be concerned about this other than the fact that it's a tragic, tragic event," he said and stressed that the situation is “well controlled.”
During the ongoing investigation, the scene will be cordoned off as forensic experts try to gain as much information as they can. No one, not even Asnicar himself, will be allowed to enter the premise.
According to a witness who claims to be related to the family, the injured woman is the mother of the murdered children. But so far, the police have not officially established her relationship with the children. She has not been kept under police custody while being treated at a hospital for her injuries on her chest.
Meanwhile, residents in the area and friends and family of the victims are obviously distraught over the tragedy. But the community is reaching out and offering all the support it can.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott s issued a statement saying that the news was “heartbreaking.”
After the siege last week, it truly is.