Slain children their mother's pride and joy
Friends and family of the two Dunedin children killed at their home last week have paid tribute to their "lovely, caring and bright" natures.
Edward Livingstone, 51, killed his 9-year-old son Bradley and 6-year-old daughter Ellen while they slept in their St Leonard's home on January 15.
The children's mother, Katharine Webb, fled to a neighbour's house for help before Livingstone turned the gun on himself.
Grieving friends and family honoured the "colourful and delightful" children in a series of notices published in the Otago Daily Times today.
One notice from the community and board of St Leonards School, where Bradley and Ellen were pupils, said the pair were "two lovely, caring and bright children, who both showed so much potential".
Another notice said Bradley's "quirky sense of humour, energy and unending devotion" to his mother and little sister would be missed.
"Your mum is a beautiful reflection of the love and light you brought to her world and we love you for that," it read.
"You were Mum's pride and joy and that bond will always endure. We'll take care of Mum now, so rest easy and take care of Ellen."
A notice dedicated to Ellen said she brought "joy and happiness" to everyone she met.
"Our little dancing queen, you wrote music in our hearts and we will continue your song," it said.
"We admired your enthusiasm for life, your cheeky smile full of sunshine and the way others were drawn to you."
Ellen was a "natural leader with a nurturing heart", who loved her friends and family "in the sweetest ways", the notice said.
A funeral for Bradley and Ellen would be held at St George's Hall at 2pm on Saturday.
Mourners were asked to make donations to Women's Refuge instead of giving the family flowers, and were told to celebrate the children's lives by "displaying colour in whichever way you choose".