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Slain couple's son in anti-gang unit

BIRMINGHAM, England, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- An English police officer whose parents died in a brutal killing in their home worked in an anti-gang unit, investigators said Thursday.

Detective Constable Jason Kolar is part of the West Midlands Gangs and Organized Crime Unit, which was started four months ago, the Daily Mirror reported. Police said detectives are pursuing the possibility that the killing of Avtar Singh-Kolar and Carole Kolar is related to their son's work.

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Jason Kolar discovered his parents' battered bodies in their home in Birmingham at about 8 a.m. Wednesday. Police said the couple had been victims of a "vicious attack."

Detectives said the victims had probably been killed during the previous 12 hours, The Daily Telegraph said.

A neighbor described Jason Kolar, 30, as "a smashing lad."

"I don't know what he does in the police force," the man said. "He tends to keep it quiet."

The couple had been married for 40 years and had two daughters, two sons and eight grandchildren, The Guardian reported. Carole Kolar, 58, worked in a pre- and after-school program at the school one of her grandchildren attended and was known to everyone there as Nanny Cal. Her husband, 62, was nicknamed Tari.

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"She was like the Pied Piper with the children and they adored her," a daughter, Michelle Kirwan, said.

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