Friday, 11 July 2008

Policewoman's grief for murdered family

Overwhelming grief: The children's mother has thanked the community for their support.

A funeral is being held for the grandmother and two children who were murdered at Cowra, in the New South Wales central west, last week.

About 200 people including dozens of police officers have filed into St Raphael's Catholic Church to farewell 52-year-old Jean Walsh and her grandchildren, seven-year-old Kevin and five-year-old Jaime.

Among the mourners is the children's mother Shelley Walsh, who discovered the bodies shortly after arriving home from her job as a police officer at Parkes.

Her father, 69-year-old John Walsh, is accused of murdering his wife and grandchildren and attempting to murder his daughter. He was arrested just hours after police launched a statewide man-hunt.

Ms Walsh has issued a statement through the NSW Police Association, describing her grief as overwhelming.

She also thanked the community for its support and asked for time to grieve privately.


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