CHILDREN have been offered counselling and dozens of witnesses are being interviewed at Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, where a crazed father stabbed his young son to death before being shot dead by police.
Luke Batty, 11, was repeatedly stabbed by his father, who is believed to have been involved in a custody dispute with his estranged wife, during a cricket training session at Tyabb late Wednesday.
Paramedics tried to revive him but he died at the scene.
His armed father was shot in the chest by police after refusing to back down.
He was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital where he later died.
Flowers and cards have already began to line the entrance to the sports oval where the tragedy occurred.
Tributes flow for young cricketer Luke Batty after stabbing
FACEBOOK has been flooded with tributes to the 11-year-old boy who was stabbed to death by his father during cricket training in Victoria.
Luke Batty was killed at Tyabb Cricket Ground about 6.30pm yesterday, despite the efforts of paramedics who frantically tried to revive him.
Tributes to the Grade Six boy boy began pouring in on social media last night, with one Facebook page attracting more than 12,000 members by 10.30am.
"R.I.P Little man! You will be missed by so many! Your are now in a safer place! My thoughts go out to your family dude! God has gained another angel,'' the first post read.
Tributes included a post of the Taylor Swift song Safe & Sound, from the popular movie The Hunger Games.
"Your a beautiful angel now looking down from heaven... spread ur wings n fly look over ur mum," one friend posted.
Luke was a member of Tyabb Cricket Club and fellow members left messages highlighting his love of the game.
"You were a great cricket player! Our next won is for you Hun!", one friend posted.
Kris Currie wrote: "I hope the U12's cricket team get the biggest crowd ever to their finals game, it will be so hard for them to take the field, so I hope the Tyabb community really rallies, and show their support for the lads in honour of Luke, GO HARD GUYS.''
Numerous parents called for changes to prevent such a family tragedy happening again.
Donna Bridges wrote: "As a nation we need to not let your death be in vain but a beacon to all that our most vulnerable are in real and imminent danger because services that could have helped are being downsized are understaffed and underfunded. we should be ashamed we let him down .
"Now I propose Luke's law. Sharing of all info between states about child welfare concerns. this should never never have happened .stand up and make your voice heard .Rally on local government it starts with each of us.''
Sami LovesSleep wrote: "RIP little guy. I'm shocked and sickened to think of what you would've gone through and what you must've been thinking.
"I don't understand how a parent can do this. My heart aches for you and your mum.
"Thinking of all involved yesterday and especially the police who were confronted by such horror. I know it's awful for the officer to live with shooting someone but you are a hero in my eyes, that mongrel doesn't deserve to live.''
Boy, 11, killed by father at Tyabb cricket training session
A MAN who killed his 11-year-old son during a junior cricket training session south-east of Melbourne has died in hospital after being shot by police.
Detectives have spoken to several children and parents who saw the boy die before police opened fire on the man after attempts at using capsicum spray failed.
The drama unfolded at the Tyabb cricket oval about 6.30pm (AEDT).
The man had threatened police with a knife, reports said.
The 54-year-old Chelsea heights man was flown to Melbourne's Alfred Hospital, where he died about 1:30am.
The man's son was found dead in the park with significant head injuries.
He had reportedly been cornered in the cricket nets by his attacker.
Exactly how the boy was killed was not released by police but they said his injuries were significant and his death was 'quite brutal'.
Paramedics called to the sports ground on Frankston-Flinders Road treated the boy, but were unable to revive him.
Police Commander Doug Fryers told the ABC local junior cricket and football had just finished at the park when the incident occurred, and several children witnessed what happened.
The boy's mother was also in the area.
"The death of a young child is always going to be horrific, the reality is I don't know how the mother is going to cope with this," he said.
The investigation into the deaths will be conducted by the Homicide Squad.
The investigation into the incident will also be oversighted my Professional Standards Command.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au
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