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British woman Emma Lovell murdered in Australia

British woman Emma Lovell murdered in Australia

British woman Emma Lovell murdered in Australia

British woman Emma Lovell murdered in Australia

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  • Emma Lovell, 41, from Suffolk, died on Boxing Day.
  • She was killed after fending off burglars at her North Lakes, Brisbane, home.
  • Her husband Lee Lovell, who was also stabbed, called her “family glue.”
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A woman Emma Lovell from the United Kingdom was gunned down and killed by an intruder in her home in Australia while the intruder was there.

Emma Lovell, 41, a native of Hasketon, Suffolk, passed away on Boxing Day night after fending off burglars at her North Lakes, Brisbane, home, according to police.

Her husband Lee Lovell, 43, who was also stabbed, described his wife as the “glue to our family”.

Two boys, aged 17, have been charged with murder.

Mr. Lovell, whose injuries were non-life threatening, told reporters his family was “devastated”.

“Emma was the glue to our family,” he said. “She was such a beautiful person. We’re all just devastated from her loss.

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“It’s senseless. I don’t know what people do it for.”

The family, which includes their two girls, was photographed on Christmas Day at a neighboring Sunshine Coast beach by Mr. Lovell, an Ipswich native.

Christina Lofthouse, who has been friends with the couple for 30 years, said: “She was just the most amazing person.

“She was selfless, protective of her children, she doted on her children, mine, her nieces and nephews. They were her world.

“She was the most amazing friend, mother and wife.”

Mrs. Lovell “could light up a room” and “always put others before herself”, said Ms. Lofthouse.

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Mrs. Lovell and she have been friends since they were 11 years old, and when she was 19, she introduced Mrs. Lovell to her husband.

Mrs. Lovell was born and raised in Hasketon and later relocated to Ipswich with her husband, according to Ms. Lofthouse.

She said: “She is more than just a friend, she was everything. She’s more like family at that point. You pick your friends. We picked each other.

“She was there for me every single day, even from 10,000 miles away, on the phone, messaging me. We’ve been through it all together.”

Ms. Lofthouse said she had yet to come to terms with what had happened.

She said: “Lee was also stabbed as well. He didn’t know [Emma had died] until later.

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“I don’t know how any of us are meant to enjoy Christmas ever again. My children are also devastated.”

She last paid the pair, who relocated to Australia from Ipswich in 2011, a visit in October.

“I can’t see the memories now, all I can see is my friend lying dead, lying there cold and broken,” she said.

She said: “She was a hero to fight off those people, she was protecting her babies.

“They were in bed, they put the security camera on and could see two people in their house. How violated is that?”

A fundraising page set up by the local community in North Lakes for the family has raised more than 50,000 Australian Dollars (£28,079).

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In a statement, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) said an altercation took place inside an address in Whitfield Crescent at 23:30 UTC and “moved outside to the front yard”.

“Two offenders fled on foot prior to police arrival,” it said, and “investigators, with the assistance of the dog squad, located four teenagers at a nearby location just before 04:00” on 27 December.

According to the QPS, two 17-year-old lads, one from Holland Park and the other from Zillmere, were charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder, and breaking into a house with the intent to commit a crime in company.

Both were scheduled to appear before the Brisbane Children’s Court but were denied police bail.

According to the force, two boys, ages 16 and 17, are still assisting police with their investigations.

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