Oct. 12, 2013, 3 a.m.
A western suburbs community woke to learn three women were dead in two unrelated incidents that had unfolded only metres apart on Friday.
Police have charged a Sunshine North man over the death of a woman in Meadowbank Drive in that suburb.
Nelson Lai, 34, appeared in an out-of-sessions court hearing where he was charged with murder.
Mr Lai was remanded to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.
The woman, believed to be in her 20s, had been found dead in a rear bedroom shortly after 9am with a suspected bullet wound, Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen McIntyre said.
Meanwhile, down the street, around a short bend, police made another grisly discovery.
They had found the bodies of two women, aged 84 and 47, inside a house, a Victoria Police spokesman said.
The proximity of the bodies to the crime scene appeared to have been a grim coincidence. Police were not treating these women’s deaths as suspicious and believed there were no links between the deaths.
Neighbours described Friday morning’s events as ”frightening”, ”scary” and ”sad”.
”You just don’t expect it to happen in your street,” said Emily, who lives a few houses from the crime scene. ”You think it’s a safe, quiet, little street where everybody knows everybody and then this happens. It’s just very sad, a young life taken, it’s very sad.”