John and Rainee Abberfield found dead inside Bailey Ave, East Tamworth home

Happier times: John and Rainee Abberfield, pictured here on their wedding day, were found dead inside their Bailey Ave home in East Tamworth on Sunday night. Photo: Supplied

Happier times: John and Rainee Abberfield, pictured here on their wedding day, were found dead inside their Bailey Ave home in East Tamworth on Sunday night. Photo: Supplied

A FAMILY has been torn apart after a double shooting in a quiet, suburban East Tamworth home left a mother and father dead.

Lisa Abberfield said her parents John and Rainee Abberfield did everything to provide for her and her brother.

The family are devastated after the couple were discovered dead inside their Bailey Ave home on Sunday night.

“My parents will be insanely missed,” Lisa told The Leader on Monday.

“I loved them.

“My parents worked really hard to make sure we had the best lives.”

Friends and family rallied behind the children on Monday, orphaned in the most tragic of circumstances.

“It has been a really hard day for me, my brother and both sides of my family,” Miss Abberfield later said.

“I appreciate all the love everyone has sent me though, it honestly means so much.”

It was family that raised the alarm on Sunday when they couldn’t contact Rainee, aged 51, and John, aged 67.

Officers made the horrific discovery after forcing their way into the home. Now police are probing the possibility of a murder-suicide.

“It is too early to say whether that is the case at the stage there are no other persons of interest that we are seeking,” Oxley Chief Inspector Phil O’Reilly said on Monday afternoon.

“A firearm was located at the premises.”

That firearm was seized by police and will now undergo specialist forensic examinations and ballistic testing.

The tragedy has rocked the quiet cul-de-sac off Chelmsford St.

Neighbours were shocked when the police tape was erected around the brick home on Sunday night which was crawling with Oxley police.

“I’m in absolute shock, I just can’t believe it,” one neighbour, who did not want to be named, said.

“You just can’t, you just never think that would happen next door.”

Another said they used to see Mr Abberfield walking often and he would say “hi” or wave as he went past.

Happier times: John and Rainee Abberfield, pictured here on their wedding day, were found dead inside their Bailey Ave home in East Tamworth on Sunday night. Photo: Supplied

Happier times: John and Rainee Abberfield, pictured here on their wedding day, were found dead inside their Bailey Ave home in East Tamworth on Sunday night. Photo: Supplied

Neighbours said Mr Abberfield was often pottering around in the yard, tending to the garden, walking or even washing his car, and was friendly to everyone.

As news of the tragedy spread, friends remembered the “beautiful lady” and the “friendly couple”.

The family had lived in the home for a number of years, and had been married for more than two decades.

Chief Inspector O’Reilly confirmed police were called to the East Tamworth home on Sunday afternoon but everything appeared normal and officers left, only to return later that evening.

“Police were called to the premises earlier in the afternoon after concerns for the welfare of those occupants were raised and found nothing,” he said.

“Later in the evening they returned to the premises and forced entry where they found the body of a male and a female in the premises.”

Chief Inspector O’Reilly said police were working with the family to try and piece together what happened on Sunday and the lead-up to the double shooting.

He said investigators had combed the home for clues and detectives had doorknocked the neighbourhood in an effort to find anyone who might have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary on Sunday.

There were more serious concerns for their welfare later in the evening that caused us to force entry,” he said, adding that no one had yet come forward that had heard gun shots.

“It’s too early in the investigation to determine the actual time and that, of course, will be determined by the coroner,” he said.

“Post-mortem examinations will be conducted.

Happier times: John and Rainee Abberfield, pictured here on their wedding day, were found dead inside their Bailey Ave home in East Tamworth on Sunday night. Photo: Supplied

Happier times: John and Rainee Abberfield, pictured here on their wedding day, were found dead inside their Bailey Ave home in East Tamworth on Sunday night. Photo: Supplied

“They will take some time, it will be a normal investigation post-death, we report everything to the coroner and the coroner will determine what actually occurred.”

Chief Inspector O’Reilly said he had “no information” about police being called to the home before.

“The occupants of the house have been members of the community for some time,” he said.

“It is a tragic circumstance when anyone is found deceased, particularly members of our local community, so I ask if anyone does have any information and have not yet spoken to our officers, please contact Tamworth detectives.”

On Monday, neighbours and family spoke with investigators, while forensics finished combing the home.

Detectives were seen leaving the home with bags of evidence on Monday, while investigators continued to doorknock the surrounding area.

A number of the family members are working with the police and are assisting police with their investigations today,” Chief Inspector O’Reilly said.

It’s very early in the investigation, a number of officers attached to Oxley Local Area Command are working on the investigation.

Our investigations are continuing at the Bailey Ave premises and with other witnesses and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

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