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Parents of Watson murder victim appeal for information

By Charlotte Harper - 6 December 2016 0

Elaine and David Waugh. Photo: Charlotte Harper

David and Elaine Waugh, whose 37-year-old son Eden Waugh was killed in a shooting in Watson last month, have travelled from northern NSW to Canberra to appeal to residents to provide information that may help in the investigation into their son’s murder.

The couple addressed a media conference this afternoon, expressing a belief that there are people out there who have information as to those responsible for the killing.

“We are appealing to those people from the bottom of our heart to come forward and provide that information to police,” Mrs Waugh said.

“As you can imagine, we are a family devastated by the death of Eden and desperate for answers as to who murdered him.

“If Eden was your son, brother or family member, wouldn’t you want answers?”

The Waughs with their son Eden.

The distraught mother asked members of the public to come forward by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“You don’t have to give your name or contact number, just your information,” Mrs Waugh said.

“That information could be the piece of the puzzle that can help police with their investigation.

“Please come forward and help bring closure to our family. No family should have to go through what we are going through.”

Eden Waugh

Detective Sergeant Donna Parsons of the homicide team said police had identified two male suspects, a man of 180-190cm tall and another 170-180cm tall, who were seen leaving the scene of the crime on Windeyer Street, Watson, on the night of November 3.

About 7.45pm that night, police were called to a disturbance at a unit in a complex opposite the Watson shops.

Police attended the scene and located a man who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. Police believe this to be a targeted incident and there is no threat to public safety.

Mr Waugh’s partner, who was inside the residence at the time of the shooting, suffered minor injuries and is not a suspect in Mr Waugh’s homicide.

Detective Sergeant Parsons said subsequent investigations had identified two persons of interest.

“The first person of interest is described as being between 180-190cm tall and of large build,” she said. “He was wearing a light coloured hooded jacket with zippered front and light coloured track pants.”

“The second person of interest is between 170cm-180cm tall and of skinny build. He was wearing black jeans and a black hooded jumper. Both males had their faces covered.”

“Police are investigating whether there is any link to a previous home invasion that occurred at the Watson residence in September, where a firearm was also involved and Mr Waugh sustained injuries.”

Police are urging anyone who may have any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

Pictured above are Elaine and David Waugh making their plea to the public this morning with photographs from happier times. Photos: Charlotte Harper

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