And this is who she feared, Paul Rogers…He posted this image on Facebook with his new tattoos confessing his love for his ex and kids…
Murdered Mum Tania feared her former partner in the months leading up to her death
But the pair, pictured here on the beach together in this moving Facebook picture posted by their mum, have been torn apart in the Gold Coast’s horrific triple murder-suicide.
The tragedy, believed to have been sparked by a bitter pre-wedding break-up, left four people dead – five-year-old Kyla, her mother Tania Simpson, 31, and her new partner Antony Way, 33, as well as Kyla’s father Paul Rogers, 40.
Young Bronson was spared the horror, the 20-month-old staying with his grandparents when Rogers went on his murderous rampage began.
Yesterday, a friend revealed Ms Simpson had been so scared of her estranged fiancé that she needed to be escorted to her car after work.
The friend, “Mick”, said he worked with her at the Robina Tavern, and told of Ms Simpson’s terror after splitting with Rogers.
“She was worried about her past,” he said. “She did say there was a bloke in the past and she would like to get escorted to her car every night just in case.
“She said he was capable of doing something bad but she didn’t know what it was she said she didn’t know if he was going to be stalking her in the carpark.”
Police said there was “no history at all” of domestic violence or family court disputes between Ms Simpson and Mr Rogers.
Sources yesterday revealed Ms Simpson and Rogers had planned to marry, even sending out wedding invitations, when she walked out of their eight-year relationship late last year and moved to the Gold Coast to be with her parents.
Locals who knew the couple when they lived at Inverell said Antony Way had been a mutual friend of theirs.
Mr Way and Rogers grew up in New Zealand and had known each other since their teens.
“I don’t think Paul ever got his head around the idea Tania had left him, then she took up with one of his friends,” a friend of the couple, who asked not to be named, said.
NSW police found Kyla in her father’s arms, gassed to death in his station wagon in bushland near Casino in northern NSW on Monday night.
Rogers had abducted his daughter after stabbing to death Ms Simpson and Mr Way in a Robina unit on Sunday night.
Police believe Kyla slept through the brutal slaying before being plucked from her bed by her father and driven across the border to her death.
Grandfather John Simpson stumbled on the grisly scene when he arrived at the Arbour Ave unit on Monday morning to take Kyla to school.
The unit complex yesterday became a shrine to the tragedy, with neighbours and strangers weeping and laying flowers.
Ms Simpson’s uncle, Trevor Simpson, said the family was struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.
“We’re just trying to get a grip on it,” he said.
“We’re completely in shock. It’s just an awful tragedy beyond comprehension.”
Another friend fought back tears as she told of how Ms Simpson and Kyla had helped celebrate her son’s birthday on the Sunday afternoon before their deaths.
Michael Shambrook, principal at Robina State School, where Kyla had just enrolled, said her death was “incomprehensible and overwhelming” and students had been offered counselling.
The New Zealand-based family of Mr Way yesterday spoke of their heartbreak.
Known to his friends as “Ant”, Mr Way moved to the Gold Coast from NZ eight years ago and found work as a renderer.
A family spokesman described him as an avid gym-goer and a keen rugby player.
“Ant was one of those charismatic guys with an X-factor who drew people to him.”
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