Father kills son in front of other kids

An 11-year-old killed by his father after cricket practice was an outgoing boy, his former cub leader says.

The boy died from severe head injuries at the oval in Tyabb, near Hastings, after the local club's cricket training yesterday.

His estranged father was shot by police and died in hospital.

Wayne Carter, the boy's former cub leader at 1st Tyabb Scout Group, said the boy was an enthusiastic and determined member of the scouting club and would be sorely missed.

"He was an individual. He had his own way of doing things but he was outgoing, he would give anything a try even if it didn't quite work the first time," Mr Carter told Fairfax Radio.

"He was always willing to help.

"He moved up, did lots of badge work, he was just everywhere. He went to everything, he was a major part of the group.

"He embraced everything he did with gusto."

Part of the goalposts area at the oval has been cordoned off by police but the scene was otherwise quiet on Thursday morning.

Trent Gunery, 15, said he had seen the boy around the small town.

"I'd seen his face around," he told AAP at the ground.

"I met him through the cricket club and I've seen him here once or twice before."

Trent said he learnt about it on Facebook.

"I was just devastated," he said.

"Nothing happens in Tyabb, it's a small community, there's nothing.

"When something does happen like this, it's really big."

Mr Carter said the Tyabb community was still reeling.

"It's very close-knit, everyone knows each other.

"Whether you know them through sight, whether you know them through cricket or football or tennis or cubs."

Commander Doug Fryer said the town was shocked by the events.

"It's a shocking time for everyone down there. The family, the community," he told Fairfax Radio.

Police are urging anyone who saw what happened to contact Crime Stoppers.

Young children are among the witnesses to whom police are speaking.

The boy was in year six at Flinders Christian College.

Tyabb, a suburb in Melbourne's south-east, is home to about 3300 people.

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