Bloody writing covered the walls where a mother and son were found dead in their Sydney apartment yesterday.
Stacey Docherty, 38, and her three-year-old son Seth’s bodies were found in the Hillsdale unit after the boy’s father and Ms Docherty’s ex, Matt David, contacted emergency services when he couldn’t reach them.
He has posted a tribute on social media earlier today voicing his despair at what had happened.
“I’m going through some GNARLY process but I will get through this,” he wrote.
“I feel grateful that for a brief time i got to be a father to a beautiful little boy. Vale SETH BON DOCHERTY!”
Police have been investigating whether their deaths were the result of a murder-suicide or whether a third person was involved.
They said it was still being officially treated as suspicious today.
Ms Docherty’s Facebook account says she worked as a nursing assistant and that she was originally from New Zealand.
She posted many snaps of her hugging her son and of them playing in a nearby park or at the beach.
Stacey also wrote about being sick of all the “bullshit” in her life and how she was working out what tattoo to get on herself for her son after he was born.
Neighbours have told The Daily Telegraph that Ms Docherty was involved in several incidents where police had to be called while living at the apartment on Grace Campbell Crescent.
They said that Family and Community Service workers were regularly seen checking on them and claimed Seth had been “failed” by the system.
Bidhan Mondal lived near the mother and son and said he was unable to sleep because he was so saddened and disturbed by their deaths, describing him as a “little angel”.
“I couldn’t sleep at all last night all I could see was the face of the little boy, he was a beautiful little angel,” he said.
Mr Mondal said that he had once asked Seth to stop slamming the door because they had a newborn.
Seth never slammed the door again, he said.
Family and Community Services have confirmed they had been working with the family.
“(We are) deeply saddened to hear of the tragic deaths,” a spokesman said.
“As this is now a police matter it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”
Other friends of Seth’s father Mr Davis also posted their condolences on Facebook.
“My heart is breaking for you I cant begin to imagine how you are feeling. May you find some shred of peace in all of this and know that you are so loved by all of those who call you their friend. May Seths little soul rest in peace xxx,” one person wrote.
Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to try to raise money for Mr Davis to lay his son and Ms Docherty to rest.
It talks about also creating a legacy for Seth for parents “faced with mental illness who need assistance in parenting”.
It said that Seth’s birth was the “most amazing moment of Matt’s life”.
“Many of you know Matt from his long association with the skateboarding and entertainment community,” the page states.
“All of you who know Matt know his generosity of spirit, compassion and gregariousness.
“This campaign aims to raise some much needed funds to allow Matt to lay Seth and Stacey to rest.”