Tributes flow for John and Rainee Abberfield after Tamworth shooting tragedy

SHOCKED friends, family, colleagues and even school classmates have joined the chorus of tributes flooding in for a married couple found dead inside their East Tamworth home.

Devastated relatives are rallying around Scott and Lisa Abberfield after police discovered the bodies of their parents, John and Rainee, inside their Bailey Ave home on Sunday night by police.

Rainee, 51, is being remembered for her smile, bubbly personality and love of country music, while John, 67, was a loving and caring father and friend to those who knew him.

“You brightened my day with your jovial personality. Was such a pleasure to have a cousin like you and may you rest in peace John Abberfield,” Julie Evans posted online.

“You will be terribly missed by my family.”

“To my beautiful aunty, you rest in peace,” Lorraine Holmes said.

“Rainee blessed our dance floors and supported country music. Saying a prayer for her family...always smiled and love her dancing,” Chris Watson said in an online tribute.

“A beautiful soul gone too soon.”

On Monday, Lisa Abberfield spoke to The Leader, remembering her father who used to do everything for his children.

“My parents worked really hard to make sure we had the best lives,” she said, adding it was an immeasurable loss.

Something that has been echoed across the Tamworth community where the couple had called home for many years.

“RIP Rainee Abberfield you were a true friend that will never be forgotten. I’m going to miss your smiling face and gentle voice your now in gods care,” Kristan Riley posted online.

“Hugs to you both Scott and Lisa, so heartbreaking that this has happened to you when you had just started to enjoy yourself,” Helen Shelley said.

“I'm lucky I have all my childhood memories with you to keep love you RIP Rainee.”

“Rest in Paradise Rainee, you were such a beautiful person, so kind and caring and a great person to work with, my heart goes out to your 2 children at this sad time,” Katie Brett said.

For a second day straight on Tuesday, Oxley detectives spent the day speaking to those closest to the married couple as they try and piece together what happened.

“Police are continuing to interview friends, family, neighbours and witnesses,” Oxley Detective Sergeant Jason Darcy told The Leader.

“Those statements will help investigators as we try and piece together their movements over the last 48 to 72 hours.

“That will then form part of the brief we prepare for the coroner who will determine what happened.”

Police went to the home on Sunday afternoon after concerns for the couple’s welfare but found nothing untoward.

Officers returned later that night “after more serious concerns” for the couple’s welfare were raised and forced entry where they made the horrific discovery.

Police won’t be drawn on how the couple died but murder-suicide is a line police are following.

Officers said a firearm had been seized from the home and no one else was wanted in relation to the deaths.

“A post-mortem examination will determine the cause of death,” Detective Sergeant Darcy said.


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