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Damien Little shot himself and his two sons before he drove them off wharf

Stacey by Stacey
January 8th, 2016

Port Lincoln man Damien Little shot himself and his two young sons before he drove them off the city’s main wharf on Monday.

SA Police today said autopsies had been completed on the bodies of Damien Little and his two sons revealing that both Damien and his two boys had gunshot wounds prior to entering the water.

Police said, “As part of the comprehensive report being prepared for the Coroner, police can comment that autopsies have been completed and revealed that Mrs Little’s two young children suffered gunshot wounds prior to entering the water, as did Mr Little prior to driving over the wharf. The coronial investigation is still ongoing and issues including domestic violence and mental health will form part of that report to the Coroner.”

The shock development came just as Damien’s wife, Melissa issues her first public statement since she lost her family.


Words cannot express the pain I have felt since Monday.

Damien was my childhood sweetheart who became my loving husband. He was also a father who loved his two children very much.

Damien valued and appreciated our close-knit family, he put us first, we were his whole world. He spent every hour providing quality time and teaching the boys how to live and grow.

Damien I loved you so much you have left a huge hole in my heart, our memories I will cherish forever. You will not be forgotten.

My wish is for Damien to be remembered as a well-respected and valued member of our family and our community.

My two precious boys have left this world way too soon and my heart is broken. I will miss them and think about them each and every day. Their futures were full of endless possibilities.

Koda had the biggest heart, so loving and caring. He always loved a hug, had so much enthusiasm and was a willing helper.

Hunter was such a happy, content and smiling baby. His laughter was infectious and his cheeky little personality was just beginning to emerge.

Considering what I am still yet to face in the grieving process, I ask that you please respect my privacy as I come to terms with this unexpected and tragic event.