Family speaks out: Murdered mum's daughter was her world

Caroline Widgell with her daughter Lilyarna.
Caroline Widgell with her daughter Lilyarna. Contributed

HELPING a three-year-old girl to understand that her mother is not coming back is the difficult task now faced by murder victim Caroline Widgell's family.

The 29-year-old's older sister Kayleen has paid tribute to Caroline after her stabbing death at a Wilsonton Heights home last Thursday.

"Caroline, she was unique," Mrs Widgell said.

"She was a one-of-a-kind larrikin."

Mrs Widgell spoke of her sister as a kid from Cunnamulla who was proud of her educational achievements.

I'm still waiting for her to ring me today


These included spending two weeks on the Young Endeavour in her late teens as well as completing courses in childcare and hospitality.

Much of her family's attention has been focused on the welfare of Caroline's three-year-old daughter Lilyarna in the days since her death.

Caroline was in the process of getting their life established in Toowoomba.

"We all had our kids before Caroline.

"She just wanted her own."

Glen and Kayleen Widgell, brother and sister of Caroline Widgell.
Glen and Kayleen Widgell, brother and sister of Caroline Widgell. Nev Madsen

She said her sister was thrilled to have a daughter.

"That was pretty much Caroline's world."

Lilyarna has been staying with family members.

"At this point we are just trying to keep everyone in a happy mood around her."

Caroline's brother Glen Widgell had fond memories of seeing his sister dancing.

"She was just the sort of person who loved to go out and have a good time," Mr Widgell said.

The rest of Caroline's family are doing their best to come to terms with their sudden loss.

"I think for most of the family it hasn't sunk in," Mrs Widgell said.

"I'm still waiting for her to ring me today."

Arrangements were still being made yesterday for Caroline's funeral, which will be held in Cunnamulla.

Caroline's 30-year-old cousin, John Henry Brown, has been charged with her murder.

He is due to next face Toowoomba Magistrates Court on September 6.

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