TRAGIC LOSS: Alecia Harper poses for a selfie with her six-year-old daughter. Ms Harper was killed at the weekend.
TRAGIC LOSS: Alecia Harper poses for a selfie with her six-year-old daughter. Ms Harper was killed at the weekend. Contributed

Prayers for orphaned little girl

A BEAMING little girl pictured with her dad in a school photograph taken late last year seems at odds with the tragic events that unfolded at an upmarket Glasshouse Mountains home on the weekend.

Matthew Alan Rose proudly wears a homemade tie in the photo, taken in August of a Prep class, saying he is the father of the six-year-old girl.

This little girl has now been orphaned after Mr Rose's body and that of her mother, Alecia Harper, were found in Mr Rose's Allan Ave home on Saturday.

It is believed Mr Rose killed Ms Harper, before killing himself.

Post-mortems on the bodies were completed yesterday, but police have not released the details.

The girl remains in the care of her mother's parents, whom she was visiting at the time of the incident.

The girl's school, Glasshouse Country Christian College, has sent its prayers and condolences to the family.

School principal Michael Curtis said counselling was available for students, if needed, as they came to terms with what happened to one of their own.

"Everyone has been coping well," Mr Curtis said.

"A lot of students are away on camp.

"We have been getting together as a teaching team to pray for her.

"We are praying for the grandma and grandad too, the whole situation."

All the photos on Ms Harper's Facebook page are of her and her daughter smiling and having fun.

The Queensland Homicide Victims Support Group has been contacted to provide the family support.

Its general manager Ross Thompson said the group had already been in touch.

Mr Thompson was concerned by an apparent spike in murder-suicides across the country.

He feared societal pressures on families may be contributing.

"The pressure on raising families today is enormous," he said.

Mr Thompson knows first hand the trauma the family is going through.

He lost his son, Michael, in 2005 in the gruesome "Toowoomba triple murder" which stunned the nation.

Scott Geoffrey Maygar, then 18, of Rockhampton, John Brian Woodman, 16, and another 16-year old were convicted of the crime.

The 16-year-old was released from jail in 2010.

Anyone needing support or information about suicide prevention should contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. For those affected by suicide, please contact StandBy Response Service on 0407 766 961.


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