THE heartbroken family of murdered Tamworth mother Teah Luckwell has spoken out, overwhelmed with the community support as the hunt for her killer continues.
Teah’s brother David Luckwell travelled to Newcastle on Friday to identify the body of his sister as the family prepare to say their final farewells.
It’s been nine days since the 22-year-old mother was found dead in her Robert Street unit, with her 13-month-old daughter discovered by her side.
Mr Luckwell told The Leader the identification is something he’ll never forget but is hopeful it’ll mean they can lay the mother, daughter and sister to rest soon.
“It was a tragic thing, she was so beautiful,” he said on Friday.
“I’ll carry that with me for the rest of my life.
“I had to do that and I want to be able to lay her to rest as soon as possible.”
He said Teah kept to herself a lot but “was a beautiful soul”.
She was beautiful inside and out, real genuine, and would help out where she could.Brother David Luckwell
“She was beautiful inside and out, real genuine, and would help out where she could,” he said.
“She was a good mum. She was well known in the community.
“She was doing the best she could with what she had.”
Mr Luckwell said Teah’s young daughter was doing well, receiving plenty of love, care and cuddles from his family.
He said “complete strangers” had offered support, especially for Teah’s daughter.
“People have come from everywhere,” he said.
“It’s surprising how many loving people there are who are willing to come out and help when something so tragic like this happens.
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“We’ve had heaps of people drop clothes of and approach us for fundraisers and business donate stuff.
“Even [on Friday] we got people to go inside to get things from Teah’s house and take the rubbish out and the local bloke from Roger’s Waste Services showed up and realised what it was and waived the $150 charge.
“And Tamworth Public School had a morning tea to raise money for the family, and then a friend of Teah’s, Haley, put a donation tin at her work.
“We’ve been involved in darts for a long time and the local darts association took the hat around at West Leagues Club over Easter and raised a bit of month and BabyWinks has done a package for us and Infa-Secure helped us out with a carseat for [Teah’s daughter].”
Mr Luckwell said his mother “had probably been doing it the hardest” but the family had been bouyed by community support.
“There’s people coming up to me everyday, messaging me everyday from all walks of life wanting to help out where they can and it’s amazing to see the people getting behind the family, it’s been unbelievable really,” he said.
“Obviously we’re eternally grateful and I hope when all the dust settles, hopefully we’re one day in a position to return the favour.”
A candlelit vigil is also being planned in memory of Teah this weekend. Friends will meet in Robert Street outside Teah’s unit, opposite the infant’s school, on Saturday night to remember the murdered mother.
Strike Force Penola – the police operation by Oxley detectives and the homicide squad – is investigating Teah’s murder.