London: British police on Friday said they were following "a number of lines of inquiry" into the murders of Indian-origin Avtar Singh Kolar and his English wife Carole as their heart-broken family described them as the "kindest people "who could harm nobody.
    
The bodies of Avtar, 62, and Carole, 58, were found by their police officer son, Jason Kolar, from their Birmingham house in Thursday morning.
   
There has been speculation that they were killed allegedly as revenge by someone affected by their son's work in the West Midlands Police. However, Detective Superintendent Richard Baker, who is leading the murder investigation, said so far there was nothing to link the murders with their son's work.


Speaking to media on Friday, two of the deceased couple's children, Michelle Kirwan and Avtar Kolar described their heart-break at the murders and appealed for information from the community to help solve the murders. The couple have four children and eight grandchildren.
   
Michelle Kirwan said: "Yesterday the light was switched out in our lives and our hearts have been broken forever. My mom and dad were the sweetest, kindest people that I have ever met and would do anything for anyone. They were the beautiful parents of myself, Jason, Taz and Marie, and the precious Nanna and granddad of eight grandchilden, who adored them with all their hearts".
    
She added: "As a family we could not have been closer. We did everything together, holidays, Christmas, birthdays and weddings. We adored each other and loved each other so much. Whoever has done this has not taken just two lives, but a further 16. Our hearts are broken forever and our lives will never be the same."

Avtar Kolar said: "We are all struggling to come to terms with this tragedy. We are all hurting so much inside because they were so special. Not only to us, but to everybody who ever met them. They wouldn't hurt a fly and we just can't understand how this can happen".
   
Baker said: "We are pleased with the response from people so far in coming forward with information but we are keen to hear from anyone else with information that will help us solve this horrendous crime".
   
He added: "We are still investigating the circumstances surrounding this attack however this is a very complex investigation and we are continuing to keep an open mind.

There is nothing at this stage to indicate that the fact that the couple's son is a serving police officer and had anything to do with their deaths."
   
The police said post-mortem examinations would start later, and added that forensic officers were  still on the scene and they were currently viewing CCTV footage from the area.

(Agencies)