Devastated friends, family and members of the community are visiting the vigil outside of the house where a mother and her three children were found deceased around midday Thursday.
A kindergarten teacher has described in a heartwarming note the moment last year she told the eldest victim of the Tullamarine tragedy, Claire, 7, that she would be teaching her younger sister, Anna, 5, in her first year of primary school.
‘In the last week of school, you walked with me while I was on yard duty and excitedly told me what you hoped Santa would bring you. I told you how happy I was to have your sister in my class,’ the note read.
A note (pictured) left among the tributes by mourners outside the house in Tullamarine, Melbourne where the bodies of the mother and children were found
A mourner breaks down in tears (pictured) on Saturday outside the house where the bodies of Katie Perinovic, 42, and her children were discovered
Investigators on Friday revealed police have formed a ‘preliminary view’ that Katie Perinovic, 42, was responsible for the deaths of her children
The note continued, describing how excited Anna was to begin her first year of primary school at St Christopher’s Primary School in Airport West – and how she ‘proudly’ wore her uniform to an interview.
‘Anna – when I saw your name on my 2021 Prep list, I was delighted. I was looking forward to having you in my class. During our interview last year, you proudly wore your uniform, so excited to begin school. Your name tag shall remain, and you will always be part of Prep Gold 2021,’ the note continued.
The note also revealed Claire’s calm nature, love of dancing and her ‘wonderful illustrations’ – evidence pinned to the front windows of the house where their bodies were found on Thursday.
A drawing of the Earth, scribbled by oldest daughter Claire, was stuck there. ‘Save the world,’ it said, alongside a love heart. A faded picture of a rainbow sat next to it.
It comes as investigators on Friday revealed police have formed a ‘preliminary view’ that Katie Perinovic, 42, was responsible for the deaths of her own children.
Her husband, Tomislav Perinovic, 48, was released without charge and officers do not believe he or anyone else was involved in the awful tragedy, with the family’s bodies found about midday Thursday.
A note left among the growing tributes outside the Burgess Street house (pictured)
Another gut-wrenching note left by neighbours the Groves family outside the property (pictured)
Personal support officers were also pictured at the scene on Saturday ready to comfort mourners
Two days after the horror incident, the collection of flowers and letters is still growing.
Detectives yesterday left the scene with large brown paper bags of evidence not long after crime scene cleaners arrived.
Outside the home, a single cross on a beaded necklace dangles on the fence left by a mourner and three stuffed children’s toys – a blue dinosaur, a bear and panda – one for Claire, Anna and Matthew.
Three more teddy bears – two pink, and one blue – sit beneath the growing line of flowers in the quiet suburban street.
Friends of the family returned to the house on Saturday morning, collecting items and removing the family Skoda.
‘You will all be sadly missed. Our hearts are broken… our kids loved playing with your beautiful kids always, we will remember you,’ one letter read.
Mourners gathered at the property on Saturday shocked by the events on Thursday rocking the quiet neighbourhood
A woman and two young children leave tributes to the family after Thursday’s tragedy
Chaplains and support staff from Victorian Council of Churches arrived on Saturday morning, providing support to neighbours and members of the community grieving at the vigil.
Marie Groves, a neighbour and family friend of the late mother, said her children had often played with Ms Perinovic’s. She attended a party at her house for her daughter’s birthday in November – and was unusually quiet.
‘She was more withdrawn than I’ve seen her ever in the past,’ Ms Groves told Daily Mail Australia.
‘There were a few other mums here and they did notice she seemed a bit quiet on that day. But she never mentioned anything like that’.
A devastated Ms Groves said Ms Perinovic was devoted to her children and relied on the support of her mother, who lived locally.
‘Those kids were full of life. They were your picture perfect kids,’ she said. ‘She loved those kids so much and would do anything for them.’
Ms Groves said Ms Perinovic was well-liked and always smiling.
Even more tragic was a note left by one of schoolgirl Claire’s friends.
Community support officers and personal support personal including a chaplain were at the scene to talk to neighbours including the public who deliver flowers and pay their respects
The growing number of tributes can be seen lining the fence of the property on Saturday (pictured)
‘Claire was my BFF always,’ the note appeared to say, also describing the little girl as loving and caring.
Distraught neighbours Phil and Lillian Funaro, who have been living on Burgess Street for 35 years, said the tragedy was a ‘shock to the system’.
Mr Funaro described how he used to see the family walking to the park.
‘I mainly saw Kate and the three kids, couple of times saw the husband with them, always like mother hen with the three young kids at the back.
The bodies of Katie Perinovic and Claire, seven, Anna, five, and Matthew, three (all pictured) were found at their Tullamarine home in Melbourne on Thursday
Haunting reminder: Drawings by the Perinovic’s oldest child, Claire, remain stuck to the Tullamarine home’s front window following the devastating tragedy. A children’s chair sits in the front garden
Claire’s picture of the earth said ‘save the world’ and two love hearts. Another apparently older picture had mostly faded away
‘She was very friendly, always there with a smile on her face.
‘I had two hip replacements done not too long ago, and she’s a physiotherapist and she saw me walking with my walker, and she stopped me and said, ‘how are you going Phil’,’ Mr Funaro told Daily Mail Australia.
Mr Furnaro said there were no signs of anything wrong at the house.
‘You wouldn’t pick it, you would not pick it.’
‘It’s so sad, so tragic when it involves children, Ms Funaro added.
Mr Funaro described the neighbourhood as close-knit.
‘We all know each other quite well. We look after each other. When one goes on holidays, everyone knows where they are going.
‘We don’t live in each other’s pocket.’
The father of the children, Tomislav Perinovic (left) has been released without charge following the deaths
The devastating note that a child friend of Claire Perinovic, seven, left on the front lawn
Police officers maintained guard as locals left flowers for the late family on Friday morning
Kevin and Clare Harrison, who live opposite the family, cried when they heard the news about their neighbours.
‘We shared coffees, we have sat on their front veranda and just laughed at the kids and the way they just ran around in the yard,’ Mr Harrison told The Australian.
‘I used to talk to Tom while he was teaching Matthew how to ride a bike … everyone around here was involved with them because of the kids.
‘Christmas Day, every year we have given the kids Christmas presents because we have known them from birth.’
The Harrison’s described the Perinovic family as ‘the friendliest, loveliest people’ and said they may ‘never get over’ the incident.
Pictured: Claire, seven and Anna, five. The sisters were found dead in their Melbourne home on Thursday
Bouquets were piling up out the front of the blond-brick property on Friday morning
Crime scene cleaners arrived at the well-maintained home in hazmat suits and forensic gloves on Friday
Other distraught neighbours, Phil and Lillian Funaro, who have been living on Burgess Street for 35 years, said the tragedy was a ‘shock to the system’
A mourner leaves a bouquet of flowers for the two little girls, infant boy and their mum
A pink toy teapot was visible from the street, sitting in the lawn. Tragically, it will never again be collected by its owner
Parish priest Peter Hoang confirmed the shocking news to members of the local religious community.
‘As is being reported in the media … Katie Perinovic, her daughters Claire … and Anna and son Matthew, aged 3, died tragically at the family home on Thursday,’ Father Hoang wrote.
‘We are deeply shocked to receive this news and extend our sincere sympathy and prayerful support to Tom, the Perinovic family and all those struggling to comprehend this sudden and tragic loss of life … As a Catholic, faith-filled community, we draw strength and solidarity from our Loving God at this sad and challenging time.
‘May God’s grace be found in the kindness of those supporting the Perinovic family. May we also take some comfort in our faith that God’s arms are already welcoming Katie, Claire, Anna and Matthew to their eternal home.’
Left to right: Claire, seven, and Anna, five, and son Matthew, three
Police said there was no history of family violence involving the family. Pictured: Katie and Tomislav Perinovic with their daughter
Emergency crews were called to the house on Burgess Street, Tullamarine about 12.30pm on Thursday. Thomas the Tank Engine toys and hung up towels were visible in the lawn
A kindergardner pays her respects with mum and dad on Friday morning – news difficult enough for parents to grapple with
Detectives and general duties police left the home at 12:55pm on Friday.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Galliott last night said officers would remain at the ‘gruesome’ crime scene.
He refused to elaborate on the mother’s injuries or those of her children.
Ms Perinovic, who also goes by the surname Blazevic, unexpectedly left her job at Glenroy Physiotherapy Centre about three months ago, The Herald Sun reported.
It’s believed she may have fallen into a depression in the lead up to her death.
She had worked at the clinic for seven years, according to the website.
Neighbours were left devastated upon hearing the tragic news about the family
Emergency crews were called to the house in Tullamarine, Melbourne’s north-west, on Thursday afternoon