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Australia Jack Edwards died trying to protect his sister from father's gunfire

22:07  11 july  2018
22:07  11 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

Family lived in fear of gun-owning father before he shot children dead in Sydney home

  Family lived in fear of gun-owning father before he shot children dead in Sydney home By the time a police chopper was thundering over a home on Sydney's upper north shore in search of a double murderer, it was too late. John Edwards was already dead. So, too, were his children; 15-year-old Jack and 13-year-old Jennifer. © Wolter Peeters The rear of John Edwards' house in Normanhurst. Less than 12 hours earlier Mr Edwards had fatally shot the two young teenagers in West Pennant Hills, before turning the murder weapon on himself at his home in Normanhurst, where an extensive police manhunt for the 68-year-old ended around 4.30am.

Police have revealed that the teenager attempted to shield sister Jennifer Edwards , 13, from their homicidal father ' s gunfire . Jack Edwards (right) tried to protect his sister Jennifer.

© Supplied Jack Edwards (right) tried to protect his sister Jennifer. Police: Single father dies trying to protect children from gunfire - kfor.com.

Olga Edwards was estranged from her husband John Edwards.© LinkedIn Olga Edwards was estranged from her husband John Edwards. Jack Edwards' final action was a desperate attempt to protect his little sister from their homicidal father.

Police sources close to the investigation into last week's tragic double homicide at West Pennant Hills said the 15-year-old died trying to shield Jennifer Edwards, 13, from their estranged father John as he shot at them with handguns, which police described as "powerful".

The Herald revealed on Wednesday that Mr Edwards was able to legally obtain a handgun permit and licence at St Mary's Indoor Shooting Centre because he was granted a Commissioner's Permit.  He was given the permit despite his answers on a declaration form raising red flags that saw him refused membership at other clubs.

Comment: To this day I deal with the trauma of having my children taken from me

  Comment: To this day I deal with the trauma of having my children taken from me While I was sleeping with my two small children – Kyle, 6, and Latisha, 4, my estranged husband, shot them dead before turning the gun on himself. © Alex Ellinghausen Ann O'Neill advocates for change as a result of her own family tragedy. Still to this day, I deal with trauma from that horrific night. Although my own personal nightmare will always be with me, I am determined to make sure that my children didn’t die in vain.It has now emerged that the father’s decision to murder his two children was "premeditated and planned".© Wolter Peeters The rear of Edwards house in Normanhurst.

© LinkedIn Olga Edwards was estranged from her husband John Edwards . Jack Edwards ’ ultimate motion was a determined try to guard his little sister from their homicidal father . © Provided Jack Edwards (proper) tried to guard his sister Jennifer.

Jack Edwards died trying to save his sister ’ s life. When Jack Edwards ’ murderous father John turned up at his mother’ s home in Sydney’ s west with a loaded, powerful handgun last week, the teenager did everything he could to shield Jennifer Edwards , 13, from the gunfire which would kill

The Normanhurst man, who returned home and killed himself after fatally shooting his two children, was known to police and had in the past been the subject of an AVO, but did not have an "extensive history" of criminal behaviour.

Jack Edwards (right) tried to protect his sister Jennifer.© Supplied Jack Edwards (right) tried to protect his sister Jennifer.

“We don’t have any what we would call contemporary information in recent years,” Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden said last week.

The deadly attack comes as the Australian Bureau of Statistics releases new data showing that approximately one in four NSW prisoners is a family or domestic violence offender.

Of the 12,631 people behind bars in the state, 3030 are either facing a family or domestic violence-related charge or are subject to an apprehended domestic violence order according to the recent statistics.

'I know what that woman is going through': Emotional Rosie Batty reaches out to the distraught mother whose teenage children were gunned down by their 'coward' father - years after her own ex-partner killed her son

  'I know what that woman is going through': Emotional Rosie Batty reaches out to the distraught mother whose teenage children were gunned down by their 'coward' father - years after her own ex-partner killed her son Rosie Batty has said she understands the pain of a Sydney mother who's children Jack, 15, and Jennifer, 13, were killed by their father, saying it was not 'some weird thing that a loving father has done'.Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty made an emotional speech for the mother of two Sydney children, who were also killed at the hands of their father.

When Jack Edwards ’ murderous father John turned up at his mother’ s home in Sydney’ s west with a loaded, powerful handgun last week, the teenager did everything he could to shield Jennifer Edwards , 13, from the gunfire which would

by his own father spent his dying moments trying to shield his little sister from gunfire - before John Edwards , 68, killed his children Jack , 15, and Jennifer, 13, earlier this month Before being shot them dead in Sydney home, Jack cradled his sister in his arms

Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty, who lost her son Luke when her former husband murdered him at cricket practice, said last week she could empathise with the childrens' mother Olga Edwards.

Pennant Hills shooting: Mother releases photos of son Jack and daughter Jennifer

  Pennant Hills shooting: Mother releases photos of son Jack and daughter Jennifer Pennant Hills shooting: Mother releases photos of son Jack and daughter JenniferJack Edwards, 15, and Jennifer Edwards, 13, were killed just before 5.20pm on Thursday at their West Pennant Hills home in what police say was a "planned attack" by John Edwards, a 68-year-old financial services worker.

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"Their mother has come home to be greeted with this reality. How the hell do you recover from that?" she asked.

Neighbours who knew Mr Edwards characterised him as "strange" and "unhappy", saying he "never had a kind word" for his children.

“Poor Jack probably copped the brunt of it ... he was very harsh," said one long-term neighbour.

Another neighbour described the breakdown of Mr Edwards' relationship with Olga, some 30 years his junior, as a "real mess".

She said Mr Edwards was “very, very distressed” about the family breakdown, adding he had spoken to several neighbours about suicide before.

“It wouldn’t have surprised me one bit [if he had killed himself].”

The protracted family breakdown before the courts culminated in Olga being given full-time custody of the two teenagers.

She returned home last Thursday to find police and emergency services at her rental property on Hull Road after her ex-husband had killed their two children and had to be treated for shock at the scene.

Accompanied by detectives, she returned to the address they had been renting since she and Mr Edwards split up two years ago after 16 years of marriage.

A GoFundMe page set up for Olga has raised over $21,000 since the fatal shooting.

Support is available by phoning Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800 737 732; Men's Referral Service 1300 766 491; Lifeline 13 11 14.

John Edwards granted 'Commissioner's Permit' to begin gun training .
John Edwards was able to pursue his handgun training despite his answers on a declaration form raising flags in the system. "With a history like his there is no way he ever should have been given the Commissioner’s Permit," said Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party MP Robert Borsak. "Whoever did it, whoever it was who did the double check and the triple check on [Edwards] somehow failed on this occasion."Edwards killed his son Jack, 15, and daughter Jennifer, 13, in West Pennant Hills before later turning the murder weapon on himself in his Normanhurst home.

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