Sad farewell to mum and daughter stabbing victims

A BLACK coffin and a smaller, purple one were enveloped by flowers as friends and family bade farewell to stabbing victims Melanie Perks and her 12-year-old daughter, Ebonie.

The tragedy of their untimely deaths could be read on the faces of the mourners, eyes red and faces drawn, as the heartbreak of the past week came to a head.

"Mel" and "Eb", as their family knew them, were an inseparable duo even in their passing.

Melanie Perks was born in Warracknabeal in Victoria before moving to Mackay where she had her first child, Mitchell, at age 22.

Mourners pay their final respects to stabbing victim Melanie Perks and her daughter Ebonie who were killed in their Newtown home last week.
Mourners pay their final respects to stabbing victim Melanie Perks and her daughter Ebonie who were killed in their Newtown home last week. Kevin Farmer

She was fascinated by ancient Egyptian, Celtic and medieval cultures, actively participating in re-enactment festivals and fashioning her own period costumes.

She was living in Toowoomba by the time Ebonie was born.

"Her two children became the loves of her life," funeral director David Millican said.

Ebonie was due to begin Grade 7 at Glenvale State School when her life was cut short.

Ebonie and Melanie Perks.
Ebonie and Melanie Perks. contributed

She was described as a quiet, polite, gentle girl with a healthy imagination - a "mini-Mel" in both her looks and her character.

She loved everything, Mr Millican said, except bread crusts because "she didn't want to get curly hair".

Several of her classmates attended yesterday's service at Burstows Funerals, along with Melanie's co-workers from Yukana Retirement Village.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with their murders.



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