"You can imagine this warm, motherly person who's always smiling", she said, "always generous and brings fresh baked scones to everything". All seven of those found dead lived on the property, authorities said.
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson travelled to the quiet South West surf town yesterday to survey the crime scene, and start to explain to the community and the country what police believe happened on that fateful morning.
Police had initially said that when officers arrived at the property, five bodies were found inside a building and two people were found outside.
"The loss of any life is tragic, four children and three adults, this is a significant tragedy", he said. They had spent time attending the local school but were later withdrawn to be home-schooled by their mother.
Police were attempting to make contact with the victims' relatives, Mr Dawson said.
Australia's gun laws are widely acclaimed as a success, with supporters including former USA president Barack Obama, saying Australia has not had a single mass shooting since they were implemented. We're treating this as a matter in which clearly six persons are the subject of a homicide.
The call to triple-0 was recorded and reportedly made by the killer, but that's all police would reveal about the tip off to the tragic events at the idyllic farm.
Katrina Cockman's four children were among the dead, and all four were autistic according to local reports.
The president of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, Pamela Townshend, said members of the community could leave flowers, reflect and utilise counselling services at the community resource centre from Saturday to Monday.
The laws have been considered a success, with only one "mass shooting" occurring since then - a 2014 murder-suicide in which a farmer shot and killed his wife and his three children before turning the gun on himself.
"This is a strong, connected community and I know that we'll all support each other and we'll get through this together", she said.
Police said they went to the property after getting a telephone call.
According to neighbors and public records, Cynda Miles worked for a local community group.
The shooting is understood to be the worst in Australia since the massacre in 1996 at Port Arthur, Tasmania, in which a lone gunman killed 35 people and seriously injured 23 others.
"It wasn't until I saw the police that I thought, "Hang on a minute", Ms Meg Janes told the newspaper.
Felicity Haynes, a neighbor and family friend, told the ABC that the victims moved into the home about three years ago.
The West Australian government would await the coroner's inquiry, he said.