This chilling funeral service booklet shows the family murdered in the Margaret River massacre standing alongside their killer grandfather.
Peter Miles shot dead his wife Cynda, their daughter Katrina and her four children – daughter Taye, 13, and sons Rylan, 12, Arye, 10, and Kadyn, eight – at the family farm in Osmington on May 11.
A funeral service was held at the Crematorium Chapel in Bunbury for Katrina, 35, and her children on Wednesday morning, with about 150 people attending.
At a separate service for her 58-year-old mother Cynda and father Peter, 61, mourners were handed a booklet which showed a photo of the six victims smiling with the gunman.
This chilling funeral service photo shows the family murdered in the Margaret River massacre smiling alongside their killer grandfather
Peter Miles (back left) shot dead his wife Cynda (back centre), his daughter Katrina (back right) and her children Taye (centre), 13, and sons Rylan, 12 (right) and Arye (left), 10 as they slept
A man is seen leaving Bunbury Crematorium after the funerals of Katrina Miles and her four children
‘In Loving memory… Peter, Cynda & Katrina Miles, Taye, Rylan, Arye & Kadyn Cockman,’ the booklet read.
After the first service, Katrina’s estranged partner and the father of her children, Aaron Cockman, hugged other mourners when he arrived.
One woman said it had been a ‘beautiful service’ while another described it as a ‘wonderful tribute’.
The President of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, Pamela Townshend said the two services on Wednesday would be an important part of the healing process.
One woman said it had been a ‘beautiful service’ while another described it as a ‘wonderful tribute’
Around 150 family and friends of the slain family attended their funeral service on Wednesday
After the first service, Katrina’s estranged partner and the father of her children, Aaron Cockman (pictured), hugged other mourners when he arrived
A funeral service was held at the Crematorium Chapel in Bunbury for Katrina, 35, and her children on Wednesday morning. This booklet was handed out to mourners
‘But we know there will be much longer road ahead for many,’ Ms Townshend said in a statement.
‘This continues to be a devastating loss and pain continues to be felt by the wider community.’
Mr Cockman previously told reporters he believed Mr Miles planned the murder-suicide.
He speculated that the grandfather, whose son died years ago, could not bear the thought of losing his other son Neil, who has a serious kidney illness.
Mourners are pictured leaving the first service, held for Katrina and her four children
Katrina Miles (left), her daughter Taye, 13, and sons Rylan, 12, Arye, 10, and Kadyn, eight were farewelled at the funeral service in Western Australia on Wednesday
The President of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, Pamela Townshend said the two services on Wednesday would be an important part of the healing process
Aaron Cockman (right) hugs mourners outside a funeral service for his four children who were killed on May 11, in Australia’s worst massacre in two decades
Mr Cockman said he didn’t believe Mr Miles had financial problems, but he was actively seeking work doing farm maintenance in the area, advertising online and saying he would accept even the smallest jobs.
Friends have told AAP Mr Miles ‘couldn’t look after his family’ and felt a ‘sense of failure’. He was battling mental illness and was reportedly taking antidepressants.
Police spent days scouring the 11 hectare property and the investigation is continuing. The coroner will eventually hold an inquest.
Locals had planned a large public memorial but say that may not go ahead as several smaller gatherings by the families’ friends and community networks have already been held.
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Mr Cockman (pictured) talks to a young child outside the service for his daughter and three sons
‘It’s a very, very sad day for the community,’ WA Premier Mark McGowan told reporters
Mourners arrive at the funeral service on Wednesday morning carrying floral tributes
Floral tributes laid outside the family’s farm near Margaret River in the days after the massacre