The grieving mother of a woman found dead in a 'murder-suicide' as her young son slept nearby has broken her silence on the tragedy.
Lyubov Zatsepina has urged people to "take care of yourself and your near and dear ones" after her daughter and son-in-law were found dead at their home in Burton, Staffordshire.
The bodies of Lana Nemceva, 33, and Kirils Nemcevs, 31, were discovered at 10.45pm last Wednesday.
Their two-year-old son was found unharmed at the property and is being cared for by relatives.
Mum Ms Zatsepina thanked people for their support and kind words in a Facebook post earlier today.
Writing in Russian, she said: “Thank you all very much for helping us and your support and understanding in this difficult moment for us.
“We are very grateful to everyone.
“I always believed, and believe, in good hearts and decency of people.
“Take care of yourself and your near and dear ones."
Ms Zatsepina signed off the post: "With great respect to all, mama of Lana Nemceva”.
Police have confirmed they are treating Lana's death as murder and say Kirlis's death is "non-suspicious".
They are not looking for anyone else in connection with the tragedy.
"The results of the post-mortem are inconclusive and further tests are now required to establish causes of death for both," said Detective Chief Inspector Dan Ison.
He added: “A report is being prepared for the coroner and will be submitted at the conclusion of the police investigation.
"I would like to take this opportunity to urge members of the public and community not to speculate on the circumstances and respect the families' wishes of privacy to enable them to grieve at this sad time."
Last week, forensic officers were seen entering the property with masks and white overalls.
A policeman stood guard at the semi-detached house, as three cars were cordoned off on the drive and on a grass verge outside.
A passerby, who asked not to be named, described Lana as "so lovely and a happy, happy girl. It's a beautiful and lovely family.
"This has all surprised me. I'm so sad to hear about it."
The landlord of the house told the Daily Mail that he had rented the property to the Latvian couple more than two years ago.
Asking to remain anonymous, he said when they moved to the house the woman was pregnant and had a baby shortly after moving in.
The landlord said another man was living there, a family member, and he assumed it was an arrangement to cover the rent.
He said he never had any issues with them.
He added: "The most recent communication I had with them was a couple of months ago when we fitted a new boiler for them.
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