|Noah Kosalka, 6, was found slain in his Milton home Sept. 8, 2012. Police say the boy's father killed him before taking his own life.
TORONTO - With her eyes raw from crying, the mother of a fun-loving youngster slain by his dad in a murder-suicide was comforted Monday by relatives planning a double funeral.
“It’s my little boy,” teacher Tanya Marie Brancalion said outside her parent’s home.
“I just need to grieve him,” she said of Noah Kosalka, 6, appealing for privacy.
Wojciech Kosalka, 43, killed his son before taking his own life on Saturday at their Milton home.
Neighbour Sarah Khan said she saw grandfather Rick Brancalion screaming Saturday afternoon outside the Clark Blvd. home, where his daughter lived with her son and his dad.
“Then police cars came, six or seven of them, and two ambulances,” Khan said, adding she later saw two bodies removed.
The causes of death will not be disclosed, Sgt. Dave Cross said, confirming Tanya Brancalion was not home when the bodies were found.
“They were a very quiet couple,” Khan said, calling Noah a bright, polite, well-dressed boy who often sat on her front steps.
Through a window while out for a stroll, she last saw him and his dad inside their home Friday evening. “Everything seemed fine.”
A chef and home handyman with two motorcycles and a garage filled with tools he used to build a front yard rail fence — now festooned with flowers, stuffed animals and written tributes to Noah — she said Kosalka loved his son “dearly.”
Like many neighbours, Khan is puzzling over the tragic motive.
“I saw him loving his kid so much,” she said. “How could he kill his son?”
Earlier, Rick Brancalion — aided by younger relatives — carried several personal items from the house. Declining comment, he said they were focusing on helping his daughter and planning the funeral.
Visitations for Noah and his father are Friday at the Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Cremation will follow their 1 p.m. Saturday funeral service.
On the Rate My Teachers website, a student lauded Brancalion, a recent York University graduate, as “an amazing teacher, any teenager would be lucky to have her.
“She’ll make your year the best as long as you do what you need to do,” the unidentified student wrote.
Another one called her “awesome and funny.”
Staff at MaryâFix Catholic Elementary School, on Paisley Blvd. W, Mississauga, declined comment, but said grief counsellors were available.