GIBRALTAR is in shock this evening after the Rock’s biggest murder in recent memory with police officers who found the horrific scene offered counselling.
After a family of four comprising two children of Spanish nationalities – a girl aged four and another of six weeks – was found dead in a flat in Boschetti’s Steps, a murder investigation has been launched.
The family has not been named but the adults are so far identified as a 31-year-old British man from Liverpool and a 37-year-old Spanish female.
A policeman working on the Gibraltar family murder investigation revealed: “Some of the first policemen on the scene have been offered counselling and a lot will accept because the scene was so horrific.
“It was that disturbing.”
El Mundo reported that the woman and the two girls had all had their throats slashed.
Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) is not currently looking for anyone else involved and reported that policeman forced entry to the murder scene, where the light was still on, to find the family.
Police are waiting for two Home Office pathologists to fly out from the UK, one specialising in paediatrics, on the first plane tomorrow to conduct the post mortems, after which more details will be released.
Officers are also trying to get in touch with the victims’ next of kin before publically identifying them.
Neighbours have been told not to talk to the press and the tight-knit community is in shock.
A restaurant owner said: “This is Gibraltar, where nothing like this normally happens so we are all looking out for each other at this horrible time.”
Fabian Picardo, chief minister, today held a minute’s silence for the deceased and tweeted at 10.15pm: ‘Black day for Gibraltar. As our small Nation settles down for the night thoughts with decease their families and @RGPolice & @GHAWeb officers’.
Commotion was heard in the Governor’s Lane area between 10.45am and 11am today when a neighbour raised the alarm after hearing screaming.
This led to police officers forcing entry to the property and finding the murder scene.
The family had been living in Spain for a while but it is believed, had only been in Gibraltar for a few days in the rented apartment.