here is no obvious motive for Smiths actions. The bodies were removed from the house and taken away in a private ambulance today. Officers are trying to establish how each family member died. Relatives and neighbours spoke of their shock as news of the killings became public. Family friend Sara Turnbull was in tears as she left flowers at the police cordon. The message on her bouquet said: You were such a beautiful family. All our love to you. We cant believe you are all gone. Her husband Dean said the families had known each other for 15 years and been on a number of holidays together. Mr Turnbull said: We cant take it in. All we kno
w is they are a lovely family, lovely two kids and were in shock. We hadnt seen them for a while but we saw them last week. I went out for a drink a week or so ago and I saw Richard and Clair out. I said well come round and see you. We havent seen you for a while. We went to their new house and it was superb. Brilliant. We really enjoyed ourselves. Mr Turnbull said: There was no sense of any problems. With the Turnbulls was another friend, Sheral Heights, who said the Smiths were her sons godparents. She was in tears as she left flowers, saying she was devastated but did not want to say any more. Mr Smiths cousin Gary Tempest said: It is so unbelievable this has happened. They were the perfect family. Asked whether Mr Smith could have hurt his family, Mr Tempest said: I dont believe that for a minute. He tho
ught the world of them. He said his cousin was football mad and had no money worries. He said they both had good jobs. It is thought he coached junior football teams. Ive known Richard all my life. Theres never been any bad things - arguing or anything. Friend Sarah Wilson was in tears as she laid flowers. She said: I cant imagine whats made this happen, I really cant. I just cant believe it, I just cant. She went on: They were just ordinary. Im making that sound like a bad thing, and its not. She said she once held Aaron in her arms as her sister was a neighbour, and added: Such beautiful little boys. Both of them. Ms Wilson continued: They were just like anybody else. Just fine. There was just no inkling that anything like this would happen. Nothing. Part of Sheridan Way where the house is located was initially cordoned
off amid fears that dangerous chemicals
might be present. The tragedy comes just days after a police officer who had been dismissed by his force attacked his family before apparently killing himself. Toby Day is thought to have killed his primary school teacher wife Samantha and youngest daughter Genevieve, six, in a frenzied attack at their home just days after he was sacked by Leicestershire Police. Day also attacked their other children Kim
berley, 15, and Adam, 13, before taking his own life at their home in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, on Thursday. Inquests into the deaths were opened and adjourned by a coroner today. Kimberley and Adam were taken to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where they remain in a stable condition.