COOLUM murder victims Dave Young and Louise Dekens have been remembered as loving parents of their now-orphaned 12-year-old daughter.

Friends have come together to pay tribute to the couple, described as hard workers and caring neighbours.

They plan to gather at Alexandra Headland from 1.30pm tomorrow to remember the couple.

The bodies of Dave and Louise were discovered inside their Coolum home late Wednesday night, shortly after police shot a man armed with a machete.

The man, said to be Dave's brother Anthony, died in hospital shortly after.

Dave and Louise's daughter, Alex, managed to escape to a neighbour's house unharmed.

Some of Louise's friends, who knew her for more than 20 years, have remembered her as bright, loving, funny and truthful person.

Symone Linari said Louise was always looking out for her daughter.

"She loved Alex so much," Ms Linari said.

"She was a good mum. She had that nature to be caring and loving.

"You never heard anyone say a bad word about her."

While Louise had worked as a part-time cleaner most recently, she had previously worked in the aged-care industry where her caring nature was said to shine.

"She showed her beautiful and caring nature to all her clients," Paula Garnsworthy, who lived with Louise in Mooloolaba 15 years ago, said.

Another friend, who only wanted to be known as Paul, said Dave was a consummate professional, always busy working for himself but still happy to help out a mate in need.

"He was a hard worker and a good tradesman. He was always happy to do odd jobs to help friends out," Paul said.

"He helped me out once when my curtains fell down. He wouldn't take anything more than a six pack of beer for it."

Photographer and engineer Troy Casswell said Dave always took pride in his work.

"He was a good guy. Always nice to deal with," he said.

"We hung out socially sometimes and he was just a cruisy bloke, down to earth."

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