Cheeky girl remembered
NEIGHBOURS and friends of the family have described the murdered girl as a “sweet” and “cheeky” little girl who loved to dance.
Family friend Sara Jolliffe posted a simple message of grief on her Facebook website.
“You mean the world and more to us,” she wrote.
“Sorry your life was taken way to soon. My heart goes out to your family.”
Ms Jolliffe, 18, said her family lived with the eight-year-old girl and her family about four years ago.
“She was a lovely little girl,” she said.
“She was cheeky. She loved to dance.”
Other friends like Holly Wright also posted their messages of grief and sympathy on the networking website, as the news spread through Bundaberg.
“In loving memory of the young girl whose life was tragically taken in Bundaberg today,” she wrote.
“Please leave your front light on in remembrance of her life and to show our support to her family.”
Samantha Taylor appealed to members of the public to give any information about the crime to Bundaberg Police.
“As a community, we need to help support this family and anyone with any information about the area last night or anything. Please ring Crime Stoppers or the Bundaberg police station!” she wrote.
“Even if it doesn’t seem important, any information to help catch this offender would be helpful.”
Two groups also appeared on the site, dedicated to remembering the little girl. Both groups had hundreds of members last night.
Neighbour Norm Bradshaw said he lived next door to a “beautiful” family.
“She was an absolutely gorgeous kid — a lovely child,” he said.
Another neighbour, who declined to be named, described the family as a quiet bunch who kept to themselves.
“They were just a really quiet, happy family as far as we knew,” he said.
The couple and their two children had moved to the home about six months ago.