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Children's plea on parents' murder

The devastated children of a couple murdered at their home have made a desperate plea for in help finding their parents' killers, saying the light had been "switched out" in their lives.

Michelle Kirwan, 39, and her brother, Avtar Kolar, 32, held hands and sobbed as they gave an emotional press conference, telling gathered reporters that their hearts had been "broken forever".

Avtar Kolar, 62, and his wife Carole, 58, were found dead at their home in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham. The bodies of the couple, who had four children, were discovered at the semi-detached property in Friary Road by their son Jason Kolar, a serving police officer, after going to check on them after family members had been unable to make contact.

Mrs Kirwan was visibly shaking and at times inaudible as she described the family's anguish. She said: "Yesterday the light was switched out in our lives and our hearts have been broken forever. My mum and dad were the sweetest, kindest people that I have ever met and would do anything for anyone.

"They were the beautiful parents of myself, Jason, Taz and Marie, and the precious Nanna and Grandad of eight grandchildren, who adored them with all their hearts."

Mr and Mrs Kolar, who had been married for 40 years, had eight grandchildren who they often helped to look after.

Mrs Kirwan said the family would meet at the Friary Road house every Friday night, where her mother played bingo and card games with the children, adding: "It was noisy and chaotic but we would never miss a week. As a family we could not have been closer. We did everything together - holidays, Christmas, birthdays and weddings.

"We adored each other and loved each other so much. Whoever has done this has not taken just two lives, but a further 16. Our hearts are broken forever and our lives will never be the same."

Avtar Kolar - whose own son was born just a week ago - said the whole family was struggling to come to terms with the tragedy. "Not only has whoever did this taken two lives, but they have taken away our mother, father, grandad, grandma, brother and sister," he said.

West Midlands Police said a team of more than 60 officers had been assigned to the case, and vowed to work "around the clock" to find the couple's killers. Detectives are following up a number of lines of inquiry, including a rise in burglaries and gold thefts in the area.

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