Monday 24 July 2017

Siblings tell of pain after murders

Danielle Dwyer and Ellen Branagh in London

THE son and daughter of a couple murdered at their home begged for help in finding their parents' killers yesterday, saying that their hearts were "broken forever".

Michelle Kirwan (39) wept inconsolably as she and brother Avtar Kolar (32) described the heartbreak caused by the death of their parents.

Avtar Kolar (62) and his wife Carole (58) were found dead yesterday morning at their home in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, and appeared to be the victims of a vicious assault, police officers said.

The couple were found at the semi-detached property on Friary Road by their son, a serving police officer, shortly after 8am.

At a press conference yesterday, Mrs Kirwan said: "Yesterday the light was switched out in our lives and our hearts have been broken forever.

"My mum and dad were the sweetest, kindest people that I have ever met and would do anything for anyone.

"They were the beautiful parents of myself, Jason, Taz and Marie, and the precious nanna and grandad of eight grandchildren, who adored them with all their hearts," she said.

The couple, who had been married for 40 years, had four children and eight grandchildren.

Mrs Kirwan struggled to speak as she described how the family would meet at "Nanny's" every Friday night, where her mother played bingo and card games with the children.

"It was noisy and chaotic but we would never miss a week."

She said her mother worked at her grandchildren's school at a before-and-after-school club, where she was known as "Nanny Cal".

"She was like the Pied Piper with the children and they adored her," Ms Kirwan said.

She said the family had received messages describing her mother as a "truly amazing woman", and "one in a million, such a happy and positive lady".

Irish Independent

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