Trinity brightened people's lives
TRINITY Bates’s devastated grandmother described her as a loving little girl who could make a bad day better just by walking through the door.
Kerry Hanlon, who wanted to be known as Nanny, was flanked by Trinity’s aunt and another relative as she gave a short interview about her granddaughter yesterday morning.
“She was just a pleasure to be around,” Nanny said.
“If you were having a bad day and Trini would walk in, then it would be all good.
“She was just a beautiful little girl that loved life and loved her family. She loved to sing, she loved doing craft, she loved ripstick and bikes.
“She loved boys’ stuff and girls’ stuff, and butterflies and snakes.”
The family described the eight-year-old as a gangly girl who was “all arms and legs” and would often trip over her own feet.
Ms Nolan said the family had banded together in the face of the tragedy, with people travelling from “everywhere” for support.
The grandmother collapsed into the arms of another relative and sobbed when she completed her heart-wrenching delivery to the camera.
Tributes to murdered schoolgirl line the street
GRIEF at the death of eight-year-old Trinity Bates spilled onto Walker Street yesterday as people throughout the city began to leave floral tributes to the little girl.
Outside Trinity’s home, flowers and a large teddy were placed at the base of a power pole, along with more bouquets throughout the day.
Other floral arrangements were placed under the police tape that still cordoned off Hunter Street yesterday.
Bundaberg resident of 14 years, Rebecca McEwan, added her tribute outside the home as the sun began to set.
She said she wrote her deepest apologies from the bottom of her heart to the family.
“It’s very upsetting,” Ms McEwan said.
The Bundaberg resident said her partner’s son was terrified by what had happened.
“I think it has terrified a lot of people and parents,” Ms McEwan said.
Neighbours of the family said they had received messages from social networking sites and MSN to leave their porch lights on in memory of Trinity, while a prayer vigil has been organised in the Bundaberg central business district tonight.
The Bundaberg House of Prayer will start the vigil at the city centre pavilion from 7pm.
It is expected to run through until about 10.30pm.
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