The children of a couple murdered at their home have appealed for help to find the killer, saying their hearts were “broken forever”.
The couple’s daughter Michelle Kirwan, 39, said: “Yesterday the light was switched off 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.”
The bodies of the couple were found on Wednesday morning
Avtar Kolar, 62, and his wife Carole, 58, were found dead on Wednesday at about 8am by their son Jason, a serving West Midlands Police officer.
Their son, also called Avtar, said: “We are reaching out to anybody who can please, please help. Somebody out there must know what happened.
“Please, I beg of you to catch this person.”
Earlier today floral tributes were left at the semi-detached home in Birmingham by the couple’s children. One message on a bouquet bore the simple message, “Why?”
Police said the couple’s bodies have been taken from the crime scene and post mortem examinations will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
Officers have not revealed a motive behind the deaths but vowed to work “around the clock” to find the killer.
I’m absolutely convinced that local people have that vital bit of information that will lead to the identity of these offenders and bring them to justice as quickly as we possibly can.
Detective Superintendent Richard Baker
Four cards and three heart-shaped balloons were attached to the floral arrangement, which was left with other flowers at the police cordon on a patch of grass near the house.
One message read: “Mum, why? No life will ever be the same without you.
“We adore you and miss you so much, the pain is unbearable. Love always, your children.”
Another said: “Dad, why? Our life has stopped, it will never be the same. We miss you so much, the pain in our hearts will never ease. Love always, your children.”
West Midlands Police has not ruled out the possibility that the killings were a revenge attack linked to their son’s work with the force.
But they said there was no evidence to suggest that was the case.
Detective Superintendent Richard Baker, who is leading the inquiry, said: “It was obvious from the scene the couple had been assaulted and had more than likely died of their injuries.
“We currently have more than 60 detectives from West Midlands Police CID, along with a lot of our uniform colleagues, working around the clock to catch the offender.
Police are yet to determine if a murder weapon was used to kill the couple
“I can assure the local communities and the family that we will catch the people who have done this horrendous crime.”
The couple, who have four sons and eight grandchildren, had been married for 40 years. They were discovered by their son after they did not answer the phone.
DS Baker said one family member had spoken to Mrs Kolar on Tuesday night and had not detected any apparent problems.
He said: “We’re appealing for anybody who may have seen or heard anything suspicious within the Friary Road area of Handsworth Wood to come forward.
“Please can I stress that any information could prove vital to coming to a very quick and swift conclusion to this inquiry.
“I’m absolutely convinced that local people have that vital bit of information that will lead to the identity of these offenders and bring them to justice as quickly as we possibly can.”
:: Anyone with information should call police on 101 and ask for officers working on Operation Tiler, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.