The mother of a little boy who was killed at the hands of his own father in a tragic murder-suicide has issued a gut-wrenching message dedicated to her son.
Natsuko Kurihara wrote that her ‘beautiful son’ Koah was killed by his dad Troy Harvey on Friday and begged her son to forgive her, saying ‘I’m so sorry I couldn’t save you’.
Paramedics and police called to the horrific scene worked for an hour to try and save the boy’s life after officers were called to a property in the town of Rossville, north of Cairns, just before 10am on Friday morning.
‘My beautiful boy Koah, he has had only four years of life, this has been taken by his father. He then took his own life,’ Ms Kurihara posted on Saturday.
Koah, 4, (pictured) was killed by his dad in a horrific murder suicide in Queensland on Friday
Natsuko Kurihara (pictured, left) wrote that her ‘beautiful son’ Koah (centre) was killed by his father, and expressed her pain that she ‘couldn’t save him’
Mum Natsuko Kurihara (pictured, left) said Koah’s dad, Troy Harvey (right), had killed his own son
‘I’m in pain life is not fair.’
‘Let the people you love know you love them as they can be taken from you.
‘I’m so sorry Koah l couldn’t save you. Love you forever.’
Detective Acting Inspector Jason Smith told The Cairns Post, ‘they worked on him for a significant period of time.’
He is one of a number of detectives who are specialist officers who are travelling to the remote town on the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland about 30km north of Cooktown, on Saturday.
Little Koah’s mum issued a heartwrenching Facebook post after her little boy was killed by his own dad
Koah (pictured playing) was killed on Friday morning despite paramedics rushing to the scene to try and save his life
‘I’m so sorry Koah l couldn’t save you. Love you forever,’ his mum wrote on Facebook after the four-year-old (pictured) was killed
Koah (pictured playing) was killed on Friday morning and his mum has posted a heartbreaking tribute
A crime scene has been established and detectives have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Harvey, 46, and the boy.
‘We’re treating it seriously and looking at all possibilities. We’ll have a total of eight detectives and we’re seeking to speak to anyone who had any information about the family,’ Dect Insp Smith said.
Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott described the incident as ‘terrible’ and offered his commiserations to the family and friends.
Pictures posted online appear to show the suspected killer as a loving, doting father.
But the fisherman at the centre of heartbreaking tragedy who also taught boxercise at a nearby gym in Rossville, may have offered some insight into his mental state about one month earlier.
Harvey (pictured) who also taught boxercise at a nearby gym in Rossville, may have offered some insight into his mental state about one month earlier
The fisherman (pictured) is understood to have posted a message to a local Facebook group apologising to people he had ‘hurt or let down’
‘I am so sorry to all the people I have hurt or let down over the years due to excessive drug and alcohol abuse,’ Harvey (pictured) wrote online recently
Harvey (pictured) took his own life after killing his young son, his mother has alleged in a social media post
Mr Harvey is understood to have posted a message to a local Facebook group apologising to people he had ‘hurt or let down’.
‘I had a full on nervous mental breakdown whatever you want to call it,’ he said.
‘I am so sorry to all the people I have hurt or let down over the years due to excessive drug and alcohol abuse.
‘I am seeking help, so come on down get fit, let’s support those with mental health issues, past traumas or anything else that’s (sic) seems to pull us down and feel like know (sic) where to run to.’
If you or anyone you know is in need of mental health support, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.