Mother-of-three Kelly Wilkinson has been remembered as a “strong, fierce woman with an enormous heart” at a vigil in the Gold Coast. Hundreds gathered in Parkwood on Monday afternoon to pay tribute to the 27-year-old, who was allegedly murdered by her estranged husband last Wednesday.
Much wearing greens – Ms. Wilkinson’s favorite color – included her father Reg Wilkinson and sisters Natalie, Emma Wilkinson, and Danielle Carroll. “Kelly was a beloved daughter, sister, and mother,” the family said in a statement, which was read out by local MP Sam O’Connor. “She had always said that being a mother was the best job in the world and loved nothing more than watching the kids play.
“Kelly was a strong, fierce woman with an enormous heart.
The statement said Ms. Wilkinson was the “protector” of the family, who was never afraid to push boundaries.
She loved riding motorcycles on clifftops as much as getting dressed up and flaunting her favorite jewelry.
“Her family will always remember a young girl who could mess with the toughest boys, who would walk away with broken bones as if they were scratches,” the family’s statement read. “Kelly was one of a kind, and there are no words that can describe how much she’s missed and the hole she’s left within our lives.” Mr. O’Connor, who helped organize the event, said losing another woman to domestic violence was a tragedy.