Pallbearers leave the packed church at the funeral. Photo: Jason South
December 8 was supposed to open the doors to a new life for Korinne Aylward and Greg Tucker.
It was the day after their baby girl, Grace, was baptised, and the young family was settling into a newly built home in Moonee Ponds. But it became the day everything unravelled.
The couple were stabbed to death inside their ''dream home'' while their children - aged five, three and two - were in another room.
Korinne Aylward and Greg Tucker.
On Friday, friends and family returned to St Monica's Catholic Church, where Grace had been baptised, to farewell the pair and remember their love for their children - a love so strong, it resulted in the ''ultimate sacrifice'' to protect them.
A plasterer, contracted to carry out work on the couple's home, was charged with the double murder.
Homicide police say Aylward, 35, and Tucker, 54, were stabbed multiple times when a dispute over workmanship escalated.
The 600-capacity church was standing-room only, with underworld identity Mick Gatto among the mourners. Father Joe Giacobbe said their death was a tragedy in the truest sense.
''Most of us, like me, who are victims of the punt, use the word tragedy if we miss out on a quadrella or our horse gets beaten in a photo finish,'' he said. ''But today is really a tragedy. ''We aren't about asking questions or finding solutions today, but reflecting on the great gift of life.''
Dylan Coventry, Tucker's nephew, said relatives would have many happy memories of the Moonee Ponds home since the family moved in last April.
He told of his admiration for his uncle, who worked as a paper boy before becoming a salesman and later starting his own drilling and boring company.
''We are very proud of Greg. ''He came from very little and made a very good life for himself and his family.''
Relatives placed symbolic items on their coffins, including Carlton and St Kilda football regalia, Australian flags, whisky and champagne. Their children are in the care of relatives.
Mustafa Kunduraci, 44, of Meadow Heights, has been charged with murder and been remanded to face court on May 6.