First pictures of mum and her two kids who were found dead in their family home

This is the first picture of a young family who were found dead in their family home.

Seema Banu, 37, her daughter Asfira Riza, 11, and son Faizan Syed, 6, were discovered in the house in, Ballinteer, South Dublin.

Police discovered their bodies at 11.30am on Wednesday and believe they were all strangled but a post mortem has not yet been held to determine how they died.

Seema was discovered in an upstairs bedroom by police with a ligature reportedly around her neck and the kids were found dead in another room.

All three showed signs of strangulation, according to sources.

Taps were left on in a bathroom and water was seeping out through a door. There was also damage to floors.

The force is treating the families deaths as unexplained, Dublin Live reports.

In a tribute Ballinteer Educate Together national school which Faizan and his sister Asfira Riza attended said the pair would be “greatly missed”.

Faizan was in first class and Asfira was in sixth class at Ballinteer Educate Together national school.

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Principal Orlaith Curran said: “This is a terrible tragedy for their family, our school and our community.

“We are deeply saddened by these devastating events.

“Our sympathy and thoughts are with the children’s family and friends.

“They will both be missed by all who knew them.”

Psychologists have offered support to staff ahead of the return of pupils next week following mid-term break.

Ms Curran added offers of support had been “pouring in".

The alarm was raised by neighbours who hadn’t seen them for days.

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Seema’s husband and the children’s father Sameer Syed, 36, was not at home when Gardai made the grim discovery. He was later located.

The Educate Together national office said it was “shocked and saddened” by the “awful tragedy".

It added: “Words fall short of expressing the shock and profound sadness many are feeling when thinking about the children and family affected.

“Our thoughts are with the family, friends and classmates of the bereaved.”

Neighbours raised the alarm after the family, originally from India, had not been seen for several days.

India’s ambassador to Ireland Sandeep Kumar laid flowers at the scene on Thursday.

Mr Kumar said: “It’s shocking the way they were discovered.

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“We are in touch with the Garda to offer any kind of support.

“We were given the numbers by the Garda of the brother of Seema Banu and the mother of Seema Banu last evening.

“We phoned them about this incident and put them in touch with the Garda.”

He added: “We have offered the family of Seema Banu full support from the embassy and we shall continue to be in touch with them.

“Like any other family it’s been tragic for them, we fully empathize with them and offer them our deepest and heartfelt condolences and may their gentle souls rest in peace.”

On Wednesday night police contacted Sameer, who is in Ireland on a work visa.

Both Seema and Sameer had been settled in Ireland for some time.

Supt Paul Reidy, from Blackrock Garda station, gave a brief press conference near the house on Wednesday.

He said: “The scene has been preserved. We’re treating the deaths as unexplained at the moment.

“The results of the post mortems will determine the course of our investigation.”

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