Gold Coast mother-of-three Kelly Wilkinson has been remembered as a “beloved daughter, sister, and mother” during an emotional candlelight vigil.
Hundreds of people, dressed in Ms Wilkinson’s favourite colour green, joined family and friends in Parkwood on Monday afternoon to remember the 27-year-old and call for an end to domestic violence.
Ms Wilkinson was allegedly murdered by her estranged husband at her home in Arundel last week.
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Bonney MP Sam O’Connor read a statement on behalf of the family, where she was described as a “selfless woman” who was the “protector” of the family.
“She had always said that being a mother was the best job in the world, and loved nothing more than watching the kids play,” he said.
“Kelly was a strong, fierce woman with an enormous heart.
“She would help others regardless of the events in her own life, she would stand tall beside the people close to her and give more than she had.”
Shane Scott, chaplain of the school attended by Ms Wilkinson’s three children, urged people not to define Ms Wilkinson by the tragedy.
“Kelly was more than this, she was a loving mother to her three precious children, a loving daughter and sister, a loyal friend, selfless and kind,” Mr Scott said.
Rosie O’Malley, CEO of the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre also addressed the crowd.
“We are here today to remember that Kelly Wilkinson is just another statistic,” Ms O’Malley said.
“Please notice what is going on even if it’s something that doesn’t look right.”
A minute’s silence was held before a performance of Ed Sheeran’s Supermarket Flowers, a song that Kelly had listened to a lot in recent months following the death of her mother.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast