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School to showcase Martin Manrique's art

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Anna Hitchings

The artworks of young Martin Manrique, who was found dead with his family in their home, will be showcased at the Sydney special needs school he attended.

The 10-year-old autistic boy, described as a "prolific painter and a very gifted artist" attended St Lucy's School in Wahroonga, with his 11-year-old sister Elisa.

The bodies of Elisa and Martin and their parents Fernando Manrique, 44, and 43-year-old Maria Lutz were found in their home at Davidson, in Sydney's north, on Monday.

The school held prayer services for both Martin and Elisa, and their parents, this week and will hold an exhibition of Martin's paintings and drawings before the end of this school term.

"Art is one of the ways they help the kids express themselves," Catholic Education Commission NSW spokesman Jim Hanna told AAP on Friday.

Deputy principal Susan Jones said Martin's personality shone through his art.

"Martin loved nothing more than a cuddle," she told the Hornsby Advocate.

"But his passion for animals shone through each and every day. He was a prolific painter and a very gifted artist -- that was how he communicated, through his art. Martin was a cheeky and funny little boy."

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