Neighbors gathered at the scene on Friday, hiding under police tape to leave flowers. Mill Park wife Jessie, who declined to give her surname but said she lived around the corner, placed a soft toy on the grass.
She said she had lived in the area for 30 years and always felt very safe, but this incident shocked her.
“I think it’s important to remember those who were taken too soon, especially a little girl,” she said.
“It’s a quiet street where everyone is more than happy to help. It’s truly sad. These are tough times as they are and it only makes things worse.
A person close to the family said age that Ms Sharma was a ‘good mum who had done everything for her children’.
Neighbor Abdul Husseini said he was in a nearby park when his wife alerted him to what was happening outside their home, with Ms Sharma shouting and trying to get help with the one of his daughters.
“They were crying and calling for help – there was no one on the street. The woman came out covered in blood,” he said. “My wife is a little scared now after seeing it all.”
Another reported seeing a woman covered in blood, crying and calling for help. Others said they heard a loud scream in the street before the ambulances arrived.
Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston said the death of a woman and a young girl was devastating, the day she announced details of a new federal commission that will be set up to tackle against domestic violence.
“This is an absolutely devastating incident. My thoughts are with the young girl who tragically lost her mother and baby sister and the family and friends of this Melbourne family,” Senator Ruston said.
“As a country, we can’t keep reading these headlines, we need to act. We must all work together to prevent and intervene when we see violence, as well as to address the systemic issues within our society that fuel gender-based violence.
The federal government’s new draft plan steps up ambition to end – rather than just reduce – the violence, and acts on calls at a summit in September for more certainty on funding.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has additional footage or information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
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