Farewell for murdered siblings
Mourners have said their final goodbyes to slain Dunedin youngsters Bradley and Ellen Livingstone.
Hundreds of people, including family, friends, classmates and other pupils from St Leonard's School, attended the service at St George's Hall this afternoon.
At their mother Katharine Webb's request, the dress code was bright and colourful and the service focused on celebrating the children's short lives, rather than the way they died.
Webb told mourners that "my beautiful children were my life. They'll be in my heart forever.".
The children were shot and killed by their father, Edward Livingstone, 51, after he turned up at their Dunedin house in the harbourside suburb of St Leonards with a can of petrol and a shotgun on the night of January 15.
He used a secret key to get inside and shot dead Bradley, 9, and Ellen, 6.
Livingstone's body was found in the house. He was not mentioned in the children's funeral service.
The court documents show that Webb felt harassed and feared for her safety and that of her children after he called her repeatedly and eventually and left a message on her phone apologising for his behaviour.
Webb had a protection order against Livingstone, which was issued on May 5, 2013. Livingstone had breached the order twice.
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