Family pays tribute to murdered children

23:39, Jan 19 2014
Edward Livingstone
KILLER: Edward Livingstone shot his two children.

The two children shot dead by their father at their Dunedin home last week have been described as "colourful and delightful" by their grieving family.

Edward Livingstone, 51, killed his two young children while their mother, his ex-wife, ran for help on Wednesday night.

Bradley, 9, and Ellen, 6, were killed at the home in the suburb of St Leonards where they lived with their mother, Katharine Webb, before their father turned the gun on himself.

Bradley and Ellen Livingstone
TRAGIC LOSS: Bradley and Ellen Livingstone's "cheeky grins, huge cuddles, constant singing and sense of mischief" would be missed, their grieving family said.

In a notice published in the Otago Daily Times today, grieving family described the pair as "colourful and delightful children".

A joint funeral for Bradley and Ellen would be held at St Leonards School, where the pair were pupils, on Saturday afternoon.

"Please share in the celebration of their lives by displaying colour in whichever way you choose," the family notice said.


The notice also asked mourners to give donations to Women's Refuge in lieu of flowers.

A second notice published today from staff at St Leonards School said the children's "cheeky grins, huge cuddles, constant singing and sense of mischief" would be missed.

"Bradley, you were the protector. You were always looking out for Ellen and were an amazing big brother. You have a gentle, caring soul and we will miss you dearly," the notice said.

"Ellen, your infectious grin and beautiful singing would fill the room and make us smile. Your fashion sense and hairstyles were like no other and you will never be forgotten."

Principal Jo Wilson said most of the school’s pupils had called into the school since the deaths of their classmates and many were helping set up classrooms for the 2014 year.

“It’s a bit of normality in the chaos,” she said.

Police said yesterday they had completed the scene examination at the St Leonards property where Bradley and Ellen were killed and the house had been released back to the family.

Inspector Greg Sparrow said a "significant" number of inquiries were still to be completed on behalf of the coroner, including where Edward Livingstone got the gun and ammunition.

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