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Two children found dead in trunk of car

By JOHN SAUNDERS
Tuesday, July 17
Globe and Mail Update

Two young children were found dead and their mother barely alive in the trunk of a car in a Scarborough driveway Monday evening.

Toronto Police identifed the children as Shyami Mahendriran, 5, and her three-year old brother Sajeev Mahendriran. Autopsies will be conducted on Wednesday, police said Tuesday.

"It's just so sad. You see the two little bikes there on the lawn," said Sylvia Marshall, who lives three doors away, as the compact car, shrouded in tarps, was being loaded onto a flatbed truck.

The mother, who lived on Nero Court, a circle of 1950s bungalows near Eglinton Avenue East and Brimley Road, is about 35 years old, they said. She was taken to hospital last night with non-life threatening injuries. The children were pronounced dead at the scene.

Ms. Marshall said the children's father died in a factory accident last year.

"They were the most adorable couple you can imagine. They obviously loved each other and the children." Relatives, standing near the yellow police tape barring onlookers from the house, said the couple were immigrants from Sri Lanka of Tamil background.

Police said they were called to the house just after 6 p.m. in connection with a report of missing persons and found the three in the trunk of the car. The case was handed over to homicide investigators and the mother was described as a suspect. Police hoped to interview her at the hospital during the night.

Ms. Marshall said she heard officers say that a note had been found in the house. Her husband, Jack, a retired Bell Canada employee, said: "It's tragic. Will they ever find out why it happened?"

Police did not release the name of the mother.

The Marshalls said that the late father was a hard-working man who had worked odd shifts as a dishwasher in the Yorkville area. He was killed shortly after he got a job in a suburban furniture factory, they said.

Former colleagues at the scene last night said the husband's name was Mahandara Thiyagarajah and that he died in a fall in a factory last September.

They said his wife's name was Jaso.

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