Devastated friends and colleagues have paid tribute to mother of three Katie Perinovic, who was found dead with her children in her home.
Devastated friends and colleagues have paid tribute to mother of three Katie Perinovic, who was found dead with her children in her home.

Colleagues, friends reeling after death of ‘beautiful soul’

Former colleagues of Katie Perinovic have told of their devastation after the mother of three was found dead, along with her children, on Thursday in her Tullamarine home.

Staff at the Glenroy Physiotherapy clinic where Ms Perinovic, also known as Katie Blazevic, worked for several years said she was a "lovely, lovely woman".

The Herald Sun understands Ms Perinovic, a physiotherapist and Feldenkrais practitioner, left the clinic unexpectedly about three months ago.

The Herald Sun was told Ms Perinovic may have been suffering from depression.

According to the clinic's website, the Tullamarine mother had been working at the clinic for seven years after graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1999.

"Her passion is to promote/empower people to be active in their own health," the website reads.

The clinic is a 10-minute drive from the home where Thursday's tragedy unfolded.

 

The Perinovic family. Picture: Facebook
The Perinovic family. Picture: Facebook

 

Katie and Tomislav Perinovic. Picture: Facebook
Katie and Tomislav Perinovic. Picture: Facebook

 

The Perinovic family. Picture: Facebook
The Perinovic family. Picture: Facebook

 

Tomislav and Katie Perinovic. Picture: Facebook
Tomislav and Katie Perinovic. Picture: Facebook

 

Family friend and neighbour Marie Groves said she was devastated at the death of her friend.

"She was gorgeous," Ms Groves said.

"She was lovely. They were a beautiful family.

"She really loved her job, loved her babies, loved her family. She's so protective of them.

"I can't believe it - those babies."

Ms Groves said the woman was a physiotherapist and her husband was a mechanic.

She revealed the couple had plans to rebuild their house.

Ms Groves said last time she had seen the woman was before Christmas, and said she seemed "a bit quiet" but nothing seemed wrong.

A Tullamarine library worker was in tears after learning the news.

The woman regularly brought her children to the library and nurtured them by reading and singing songs.

"She was a stunning woman, inside and out," the library staffer said.

"She sang songs to her children, she was a beautiful soul.

"We are just devastated."

genevieve.alison@news.com.au

 

Originally published as Colleagues, friends reeling after death of 'beautiful soul'


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