An Ellenbrook mother fatally stabbed along with her two youngest children allegedly by one of her sons was remembered yesterday as a “strong, resilient” woman who loved all her children.
About 150 relatives, friends and strangers attended an emotional service for 48-year-old Michelle Petersen, son Rua, 8, and daughter Bella, 15, in Midland on Sunday.
Another of Ms Peterson’s sons, Teancum Vernon Peterson-Crofts has been charged with murdering the trio at their Ellenbrook home on July 15.
Relatives plan to hold private funerals for their final goodbyes, but the vigil enabled everyone to show their support and for the family to thank those who have helped them.
Friends said Ms Petersen would do absolutely anything for her children, while one of Bella’s teachers described her as a brave and intelligent young woman.
Mr Peterson-Crofts’ twin brother joined motorcycle riders performing the haka during the service, a powerful tribute that brought many of the mourners to tears.
Mr Petersen-Crofts, who was remanded in custody for a mental health assessment, is expected back in court tomorrow, July 23.