David Fuller, the father of 35 year old Ceri Fuller who was found dead with his three children yesterday has released a statement.
It comes after West Mercia Police recovered a knife from the disused quarry near Shrewsbury where the bodies were found.
The Fuller and Tocknell families are devastated by this tragedy.
Ceri was a gentle, sensitive and intelligent man but also a very private one. He loved his children dearly and they were such a focal point of his life.
His relationship with each one of them was one of gentleness, involvement and attentive nurturing. Sam, Rebecca and Charlie were such charming individuals, brought up in an environment of love.
We cannot begin to imagine what was going through the mind of this gentle man to drive him to such tragic actions.
We would ask all to respect our privacy at this time while we try to come to terms with this terrible loss."
The children's mother Ruth Fuller who had been married to Ceri Fuller for nearly three years, said: "I don't have the words to describe how I feel at the moment. All I would ask is that I be left alone to grieve for my family."
A post-mortem on a Gloucestershire man who was found dead with his three children has established he fell from height.
Flowers and teddy bears have been left in tribute at the children's school
Three Gloucestershire children were discovered dead with their father near Shrewsbury yesterday