Antony's emotional farewell
VICTIM of last week’s triple murder-suicide Antony Paul Way was laid to rest during a private Nerang funeral-service yesterday evening.
A Somerville Funerals spokes-woman said media were notadmitted to the “lovely service” and she was not sure how many friends and family would attend.
Gold Coast police said the late Mr Way’s family requested privacy while saying their goodbyes “so that they may focus their energies on dealing with the immediate issues relating to this traumatic incident” and thanked the media in advance for respecting their wishes.
The family of Tania Simpson – who was murdered alongside Mr Way by former partner Paul Rogers who later killed their daughter Kyla and himself – John, Julie, Melanie and Ben in a statement also asked for their privacy to be respected.
“We have a long and difficult road ahead of us, and we need the time to try and come to grips with the enormity of what has happened, and to grieve the loss of a loving daughter and sister, and a beautiful grand-daughter,” they said.
“We have been overwhelmed by the expressions of sorrow from friends and strangers alike who, like us, cannot comprehend the tragic and senseless events which took Tania and little Kyla from us.
“We would like to sincerely thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers at this time, and assure them that they all help.”
They said Tania was a loving mother and always had her child-ren’s best interests at heart.
“Both parents had access to the children and there was no custody battle.
“In the seven months since the separation Tania and the children had been living with the family until moving into her new business on May 3.
“Tania was moving on with her life and happier than she had ever been,” her family said.