Caloundra West 'murder-suicide pact takes twist as victims' chatroom messages emerge

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Two strangers who died successful a suspected murder-suicide pact met successful an big chatroom conscionable days earlier wherever they bonded implicit their communal loneliness.

Barry Houston, 52, and Sonja Kovacevic, 48, were recovered dormant with gunshot wounds  successful a backyard successful Caloundra West, connected the Sunshine Coast, astir 6.30pm connected Monday, leaving Mr Houston's woman Karina van Leeuwan successful shock.

Detectives described the country astatine the ample white-brick location arsenic the astir bizarre they had seen successful 30 years, and judge Mr Houston changeable Ms Kovacevic with a high-powered hunting firearm earlier turning the weapon connected himself.

Two weeks earlier, the brace connected connected societal networking tract Wireclub wherever Mr Houston discussed his 'fear' of opening up to different person, portion Ms Kovacevic spoke astir her 'baggage' and crippling 'depression, anxiety, and PTSD'. 

But sources accidental the susceptible duo's accidental brushwood was a 'match made successful hell', with Mr Houston, known arsenic Nitro online, and Ms Kovacevic, aka Sonjak075, rapidly taking their conversations to a backstage chat connected gaming app Discord. 

During that time, constabulary judge they devised a 'clinical' program to extremity their lives, with Mr Houston travelling from Browns Plains home, southbound of Brisbane, to conscionable Ms Kovacevic in-person earlier shooting her past turning the weapon connected himself.  

Sonja Kovacevic, 48, (pictured) was recovered dormant alongside Barry Houston, 52, successful a Caloundra West backyard connected Monday 

Police judge Mr Houston, 52, (pictured) travelled to conscionable Ms Kovacevic earlier carrying retired a murder-suicide pact 

Ms van Leeuwan, from the Netherlands, told Daily Mail Australia she was successful a long-distance narration with Mr Houston astatine the clip of his death.

He was the 'love of my life', she said.  

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