Hundreds gather to remember ‘bubbly, gentle’ schoolgirl Charlise Mutten

Schoolgirl Charlise Mutten has been remembered as a ‘beautiful, much-loved little girl’ at an emotional candlelight vigil held outside her school.

School friends, teachers, parents and members of the community gathered outside Tweed Heads Public School to pay tribute to the nine-year-old, whose body was discovered on Tuesday after being reported missing last week.

Flowers, toys and cards have been laid outside the school as a makeshift memorial for Charlise continues to grow.


Those at the vigil wept as teachers and former students paid tribute to the ‘gentle, happy child.’

“Charlise was universally loved by everyone in this school. Her enthusiasm, positivity and warm, genuine and bubbly personality made our school a much better place,’ teacher Sophie Cutler said.

“She would regularly stick her head in at various classrooms in the morning just before school had started just to say hello and check how her favourite teachers’ day was going.”

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“Charlise has touched many lives on her journey throughout this world especially within the school community where she was loved,” former Tweed Heads Public School captain Nicole Treloar told mourners.

“Her bright smiling face and her beautiful face shone as bright as her spirits is now.”

PHOTO: Tweed Heads Public School

31-year-old Justin Stein has been charged with the murder of Charlise.

He was remanded in custody during a brief court appearance on Wednesday and will reappear in court in March.