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'Such pure hearts'

UPDATE: 6:10 p.m.

The father of two young sisters who were found dead in their Oak Bay home on Christmas Day was taken to hospital with injuries, and the deaths are being investigated as a possible double homicide and attempted suicide.

Chloe Berry, 6, and her four-year-old sister Aubrey were found dead in an apartment near the Oak Bay Marina Monday afternoon.

CTV News has since learned their father, Andrew Barry, was found with undisclosed injuries and remains in hospital, but is not in police custody.

Police have said they are not looking for any additional suspects and the public is not at risk.

Trisha Lees, a family friend of the Berrys, told CTV News that Andrew was supposed to take his daughters to the home of their mother's, Sarah Cotton, by noon on Christmas Day.

When the sisters were not returned to her, Cotton went to the police.

"They had such pure hearts," Lees said of Chloe and Aubrey.

According to court documents, the parents had been involved in a bitter custody dispute a year ago.

Cotton had told a judge that Berry had behaved aggressively towards her, resulting in his arrest in 2013. The Ministry of Children and Families had been involved with the father at one point as well.

On Wednesday, a vigil was held at Chloe's school, Christ Church Cathedral.

"I just want to say it's a terrible, deep and jagged tragedy that we're all facing," said Principal Stuart Hall.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit continues to investigate the deaths.

A Kelowna father is facing three counts of second-degree murder for the killing of his wife and two young daughters on Dec. 17. 

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island


ORIGINAL: 12:05 p.m.

Two young sisters found dead in a Victoria-area home on Christmas Day are being remembered as beautiful and energetic children.

A family member and a friend have identified the girls as four-year-old Aubrey Berry and six-year-old Chloe Berry.

Police have said officers were called to a home in Oak Bay on Monday evening where the children's bodies were discovered.

Trisha Lees, a friend and spokeswoman for the family, says the girls were full of energy and smiles.

Lees says their mother called police on Christmas Day after their father didn't return the girls as scheduled.

Police have said an injured man, whose condition has not been disclosed, was found inside the home and taken to hospital.

Police are treating the deaths as homicides and say they are not looking for additional suspects.



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