The mother of two children who were found dead in Perth while their father was critically injured is a Kiwi woman.
Zaraiyah Lily Headland, 5, and Andreas Headland, 2, were found dead in their Yanchep, Perth, home on Thursday, October 20 while their mother, an ex-Paraparaumu woman, was away for work.
The mother, Anatoria Headland, is being supported by her family through the ordeal, while the children's father, who is held responsible for the deaths, is being kept under police guard in hospital.
The 35-year-old had a self-inflicted injury. He has been charged with two counts of murder, the
Tara Maniapoto, a Paraparaumu mother, has organised a balloon vigil to take place from 5pm this Friday in support of Headland.
"As much as I and others would love to go and show our love, we aren't able to," she said.
"Instead, we have organised a get-together for friends, family and the community so Anatoria can see that all of us back home love her and care."
A Gofundme page has been set up for the family and can be donated to here.
By 4pm today more than $15,000 had been donated.
A note on the page described the children as "full of laughter, joy and bubbly".
"This sort of situation is never easy for a family to go through and one cannot even imagine the pain, hurt and stress that both sides of the family are going through.
"We cannot fix the pain you are going through but what we can do as one is come together and help take care of the small things that are often forgotten about in times like this."
They "touched all those who knew them with their beautiful, sometimes shy, personalities", the post read.