WATCH: An outpouring of support is ongoing as the investigation continues into the tragic deaths of Chloe and Aubrey Berry. Tess van Straaten reports.
The investigation continues into the horrific Christmas Day killings of two little girls in Oak Bay but police are being tight-lipped about the case.
“This investigation remains of the highest priority,” Cpl. Tammy Douglas of the Island District RCMP said in an email Tuesday. “Although we are not able to comment on specifics of the on-going investigation, we are continuing to work to provide answers and understand how events unfolded.”
Six-year-old Chloe Berry and four-year-old Aubrey Berry were found dead in their father’s Oak Bay apartment on Christmas Day after their father, Andrew Berry. failed to return to the girls to their mother.
The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit took over the case from Oak Bay police but it’s been more than a week since they last updated the media. No information is being released about Andrew Berry, who was found with the girls and taken to hospital. There’s no word yet on whether charges will be laid.
Meanwhile, the huge outpouring of community support continued on Tuesday as friends and strangers came by a make-shift memorial outside Berry’s apartment to leave flowers and stuffed animals for the girls.
The senseless tragedy has shaken Greater Victoria, and the entire country, to its core.
More than 1,000 people braved chilly conditions on Saturday at a candlelight vigil to remember the little girls. The emotional ceremony was a chance for the community to come together and grieve together as Chloe and Aubrey were remembered as two bright lights bursting with love and joy.
There’s also been a lot of support for the first responders involved. Oak Bay Police tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that in addition to all the food dropped off at the station, more than $1,400 has been raised for them. They’ve decided to donate it to Chole’s Girl Guides troupe.
Oak Bay Deputy Police Chief Ray Bernoties says the support they’ve received from the community has been incredible and very helpful for the officers touched by the tragedy.