The bodies of a woman and two children have been found in a house in Leicestershire.
Police were called to the house on Garendon Road in Shepshed at about 2200 GMT on Wednesday after concerns were raised by relatives.
The circumstances are being investigated but detectives said they were not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths.
Formal identifications and post-mortem examinations will take place later.
Father Michael Eastwood, vicar at St Winefride's Catholic Church which stands next to the house where the bodies were found, said the family had appeared to be a happy one.
He said he thought the children found dead were a boy aged around 12 and a girl of about eight.
He had known the family, which included the woman's husband, as they regularly worshipped at the church.
"One of the things we remember about them, and always will remember about them, particularly in the summer evenings, was that we would hear the children in the garden and the sound we heard was one of enjoyment and happiness.
"We always remarked about that and said 'Oh, they are having an enjoyable time again'."
He added that the children went to nearby schools.
Mr Eastwood also said he did not hear any police activity last night and the first he knew that three bodies had been found was when he saw the lunchtime news reports.
A number of floral tributes have been left at the scene.
Neighbour Michael Jones said he had lived in the street for 30 years and it was a quiet and peaceful one.
"This is a bit of a shock," he said. "You just don't expect it on your doorstep."
He added: "The kids were always playing out and about with the dog.
"I saw the mum and dad as well and they'd always smile and say hello."
Neighbours said the father worked abroad and he is believed to be flying back to the UK.