It is understood that the British couple found shot dead at their home on Sunday afternoon near Benidorm was planning on moving to Majorca to be closer to their sons.Peter and Jean Tarsey, both aged 77, were apparently shot during a botched burglary at their home in Xaló and police suspect they may have been dead for a few days, although Peter, a former Olympic diver, was spotted out at a local cafe on Friday.
However, as the police continue with their investigation, not only is the local community in Xaló, friends and neighbours in a state of shock over what happened, so too is the expatriate community here in Majorca.
Their two sons, Alexei and Sascha are extremely popular faces in Palma and used to own the famous restaurant Fabrica 23 in calle Fabrica, before relocating round the corner to a larger premises due to the success the two brothers enjoyed with their business venture.
Alexei is a highly qualified chef who, after working in London, worked on the super yachts before joining Sascha at Fabrica 23.
In fact, Fabrica 23 was one of the forerunners of the restaurant boom in fashionable Santa Catalina and, after years of great success and becoming one of the most popular expatriate restaurants in Majorca, the brothers expanded before Alexei returned to super yachts and Sascha remained working in the hostelry sector.
Palma remains home for the two brothers and, according to sources close to the investigation, the parents had put their chalet on the market in February for €230,000 (£170,000), hoping to move to Majorca to be closer to Sascha, who lives here with his Spanish wife, and Alexei, when he is not working on the super yachts.
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