Family remembers “sweet, smart” schoolgirl Charlise Mutten

The family of Gold Coast schoolgirl Charlise Mutten has held a teddy bear picnic vigil in Ballina overnight to remember the much-loved little girl.

The small gathering comes just a week after police allege the 9-year-old was murdered at a property in the NSW Blue Mountains by her mother’s fiance.

The vigil was organised by Charlise’s cousin Mellese Hensby, who said she wants her cousin to be remembered for the “sweet, polite, and smart” girl that she was.


“The reason why I wanted to do this was simply because of all the negativity, no one has really celebrated her life yet as a whole,” Ms Hensby told Nine.

“We just know her as the murdered schoolgirl and I don’t like that.

“So I want her to know that there is people out here that care, miss and love her.”

Ms Hensby said the family is still coming to terms with the death of Charlise.

“There are so many different questions that we still have, that we hope we get answers to soon,” she said.

“I’m still just in shock, I don’t think I have really felt what I need to feel yet”.

Police have confirmed Charlise died of a gunshot wound, with detectives continuing to scour the property they allege she was murdered at for the firearm.

Ms Hensby said she’s extremely grateful for the support her family has received since Charlise’s death.

“The community has been incredible, with reaching out and offering things to help”.