Help for 12-year-old girl as killer's violent past emerges
TRAUMA support specialists have already come to the side of a 12-year-old orphan girl who watched her parents being murdered.
The Queensland Homicide Victim Support Group reached out to the little girl's grandparents less than 12 hours after she saw her mum and dad being stabbed, allegedly by her uncle.
Carpenter Dave Young and Dave's longtime partner Louise Dekens, both aged 43, were found dead in a house on Yandina-Coolum Rd after police were called to a disturbance at about 10pm on Wednesday.
Mr Young's brother, Anthony, 42, died in hospital of gunshot wounds after a being shot by a police officer at the scene.
Anthony Young was allegedly armed with a machete and possibly a knife when police arrived at the property, and was shot after he refused to drop his weapon and move towards police.
Reports surfacing this morning reveal increasingly erratic behaviour by Anthony in recent days.
Friends have told couriermail.com.au he always carried a machete and feared he would be attacked by bikies. They said he believed he had post traumatic stress disorder.
The friends painted a picture of an angry man who had previously threatened a barking dog with a machete and who was behind erratic text messages that left his pregnant partner too afraid to leave him.
At the height of the final angry explosion by Anthony, the 12-year-old girl ran to a neighbouring house, saying her parents were being stabbed.
Queensland Homicide Victims Support Group general manager Ross Thompson said immediate support and care was crucial for witnesses of such a horrific crime.
"We are already working with the family because it is extremely important for people to get support early," Mr Thompson said.
"The sooner we can talk to the family involved, the faster it is for them to handle the trauma and the trauma will not last as long as if it were ignored.
"We are working with the parents of the deceased mother.
"This is just a tragic situation that is made a million times worse by the fact that (a young girl) is thrown into the situation."
Mr Ross said homicide victims lived with trauma for their entire lives.
"We are talking about a young individual who will have nightmares for the rest of her life," Mr Thompson said.
"Trust goes out the door. It has just wrecked her entire life."
The close-knit Coolum community said it was the worst crime they had ever heard of in the area.
"When something like this happens, the whole safety issue comes out in the community," Mr Thompson said.
"The community will be feeling unsafe for some time because of what has happened on their doorstep."
Maroochydore psychologist Rosalin Primrose agreed. She said the Coolum community, while not directly involved in the disturbance, will be on high alert for the next few weeks.
"People will be hyper-vigilant and quite anxious for a while which is typical of someone who has experienced some sort of intrusion in their lives in such a personal way," Ms Primrose said.
"It sometimes takes people a while to recover and some people even move house because of things like this."
Coolum State School, just a few hundred metres from the crime scene, was offering counselling from a team of four guidance officers throughout yesterday and "for as long as required".
The 12-year-old girl is a Year 7 student at the primary school.