A mother who was accused of murdering her two young daughters and then trying to commit suicide abruptly stopped going to school weeks earlier.
Tiana Djurasovic (6) and her "inseparable" sister Mia (10) were found dead in their house in Perth at around 5.50 p.m. on Friday.
Her mother Milka Djurasovic, 38, was found two hours later in a beach car park with self-inflicted wounds. She was brought to justice on Monday for murder.
A bloody hammer was found by her father near the bodies of the girls when he arrived in the Madeley suburban house and screamed in pain at the horrific sight, the neighbors said.
Mia Djurasovic, 10, and her sister were found dead in their home in Perth and reportedly beaten to death by their mother Milka
Philip Couper, whose 10-year-old daughter Mia was best friends with the oldest girl in school, said the mother recently dropped out of school and was not seen.
"My wife Terri spent a lot of time with her mother, but Milka has been out of school since the beginning of this semester," he told Daily Mail Australia.
“Either her father or grandfather did the school runs. Something must have happened, but I don't want to speculate. & # 39;
The neighbors also said that Djurasovic, a nurse, had not been seen in the family home in the northern suburb of Madeley in Perth a few days before the girls' death.
One of them, Gordana Sousak, described the terrible scene after speaking to Mia and Tiana's grandfather.
"He received the call from (the girls' father) Nenad telling him what had happened," she said to the Western Australian.
He found a bloody hammer near the little girls. I could not believe it. & # 39;
Mr. Djurasovic was heard screaming outside after he got home and found Tiana dead on the floor and Mia in the laundry.
Tiana Djurasovic, 6, (pictured) and her older sister Mia were found dead in their home in Perth
Mr. Couper, a staff member of the One Nation Party, said the parents of Ashdale Primary School were shocked that Djurasovic was accused of such a heinous crime.
"People just try to understand why, because as far as everyone knew, Milka was a beautiful mother," he said.
& # 39; Milka loved her girl, she was a great mother. We don't know how that could have happened. & # 39;
Mr. Couper said his wife and Djurasovic had had regular coffee after the morning school run, but they hadn't spoken to each other since the beginning of last month.
He said Ms. Couper had looked through all of her texts with Djurasovic and found no evidence of family problems or mental illness.
"Terri spoke to Mia D's father and grandfather at school last week, and they said nothing," he said.
Mr. Couper said Ashdale School was in mourning on Monday when he and his wife left to help other parents.
He said the parents had been invited to a meeting that morning to talk about how they could tell the news to their children if they didn't already know.
"It was a mess – teachers, students and parents were upset. Terri hugged a lot of children because so many were upset, ”he said.
After the girls died, flowers, cards and teddy bears were seen in front of the Madeley house (picture)
The family's neighbors said they had never shown any signs of anger and appeared to be a happy family
Mr. Couper said his daughter Mia was traumatized and withdrawn after she found out that her best friend was dead when she heard Ms. Couper cry on the phone.
"We treated Mia D as part of our family and now my daughter can't even see her to say goodbye," he said.
"Her grandfather always hugged her or five when he picked up the girls or dropped them off at school."
"Mia wants to go to the funeral, but I don't think that's a good idea. School will do something and that will be better for them with all their friends there. & # 39;
Mr. Couper said his daughter had left a teddy with "I love you" under the flower tributes outside the Djurasovic family home.
He said the alleged murders "broke up the community" and even the police cried in front of the house after seeing the scene in the house.
Mr. Couper said it was a "hard week" for his family since his cousin Shannon Sanderson, 48, was seriously injured and her husband Dean was killed in a zipline accident last Tuesday.
The couple from Adelaide was on vacation in Cape Tribulation, north of Cairns, when a cable broke and they fell about 16 m into the rainforest.
Mia Djurasovic (photo), 10, was found in her home in Perth with her younger sister
Mr Couper said he returned from a work trip to London on Friday and heard the news of the death of the little girl hours later when his family was still processing the accident.
He used to go on social media to express his shock in a heartbreaking post after the girls' names were released on Saturday night.
"Our family is close to the Djurasovic family because our Mia, Mia D and their sister Tiana D (6) were closely connected and only played together at school a few days ago," wrote Couper.
"The sisters were inseparable and only a few months ago Mia D attended our Mia's 10th birthday party. The photos are a surreal moment because all the children were so happy."
He said his wife Terri has been checking the latest news with the girl's mother since her little daughter tried to remember recent interactions with girls and her family.
"We had no idea of problems or concerns when dealing with the family," wrote Couper.
Mr. Couper said it was a "hard week" for his family since his cousin Shannon Sanderson, 48, was seriously injured and her husband Dean (pictured together) was killed in a zipline accident last Tuesday
"Our daughter is very upset and upset that neither Mia D nor Tiana D will be at school on Monday and that Mia D, who was like a big sister to all girls, will not hug her every day."
"Understandably, our Mia asks why and questions that Terri and I never thought would have to answer."
“We sincerely pray to Mia and Tiana D and hope that the Lord has both of you in his arms, that you no longer suffer and, above all, know how much you are loved and sadly missed.
"Mia asked me to let you know that she loves you and misses you both so much."
Forensics stayed in a tragic house in Madeley on Sunday morning
Djurasovic had a bedside trial on Monday, and her voice broke when she said her name and confirmed that she understood the charges.
She was released to be released from the hospital. She is taken into police custody and taken to the Frankland Center psychiatric facility for evaluation.
The accused murderer will again stand in front of Magistrates Court in Stirling Gardens on November 27th.
A neighbor told WAtoday that the Serbian couple had never shown any signs of anger and were a happy family.
"They kiss and everything, go on vacation with the kids," she said.
"(The girls were) beautiful, beautiful, I can't believe that."
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