Flowers placed at the scene where two people died in Wangaratta.
Flowers placed at the scene where two people died in Wangaratta.

Man who killed wife in murder-suicide described as 'loving'

RELATIVES in shock after the Anzac Day murder-suicide which rocked Wangaratta say they can't understand why an "incredible, loving" partner and dad would turn a gun on his own family.

Gregory Floyd, 43, took his own life after using a high-powered rifle to shoot dead the mother of his children, Ora Holt, 39, on Tuesday afternoon. They leave behind four children, aged 2 to 9.

Distraught relatives were on Wednesday supporting the youngsters, who had escaped their father just seconds before the fatal shots were fired.

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­Neville Floyd, Gregory's brother, said the family would never be able to completely understand the violence.

"He was a very caring father who loved his children and loved his partner. His kids were his whole life," he said.

The deaths had been a "complete shock" to the family as he was an "an incredible, loving person", he added.

Mr Floyd, one of eight children, was a local and his mother and siblings remain in the Wangaratta area.

Ms Holt, originally from Bright, was a dedicated mother known for her service to the community, including volunteering at her children's school.

Their neat neighbourhood around Belle Ave is normally buzzing with children playing in the street.

But on Anzac Day police cordoned off the street and others nearby after reports that Mr Floyd, a hunting enthusiast, was carrying a rifle with a telescopic sight.

Minutes before, Ms Holt had fled the family home with their children. She sought shelter at a next-door neighbour's, but Mr Floyd soon found them.

The armed man allowed his children, as well as his neighbours and their two young children, to flee unharmed.

Heavily-armed police soon surrounded the property amid fears Ms Holt had been taken hostage.

They would soon discover they been too late to negotiate.

Officers entered the house about 5.10pm and located two bodies inside.

It's believed Mr Floyd shot his wife before turning the gun on himself about 12.50pm - seconds after their children ­escaped to the street.

Neighbour Miranda Fraser said her "heart breaks" for the four children. "They have lost mummy and daddy in the worst way possible," she said.

Mr Floyd's sister Trudi wrote that it was a "sad day".

Megan McKenzie said she was heartbroken by the loss of her uncle and aunty. "There are still many questions that we do not have answers to," she wrote on social media.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the events highlighted the need for more to be done to address a family violence "crisis".

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