Mother’s tribute to Billingshurst daughter after suspected murder-suicide

The scene at the Billingshurst home on Christmas Day PICTURE BY EDDIE MITCHELL SUS-141230-114213001

The scene at the Billingshurst home on Christmas Day PICTURE BY EDDIE MITCHELL SUS-141230-114213001

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A MOTHER has spoken of the ‘indescribable’ pain and heartache after the death of her 30-year-old daughter.

The bodies of Julia Tshabalala and her husband Jan, 33, were found at their home in Groomsland Drive, Billingshurst, on Christmas Day 2014.

Julia Tshabalala, who died at her home on Christmas Day 2014. Picture supplied by Sussex Police

Julia Tshabalala, who died at her home on Christmas Day 2014. Picture supplied by Sussex Police

Sussex Police announced yesterday it was now treating the couple’s deaths as a murder-suicide enquiry.

“We are all absolutely devastated by Julia’s death. The pain and the heartache we feel at losing such a beautiful daughter, sister and mother is indescribable,” said Susan Trim on behalf of her family.

“Julia was a loving, happy, kind and caring daughter and a fantastic mother to her two young children.

“Julia was taken from us much too soon. She lived for her children and would have done anything for them.”

My daughter and I were very close and I miss her more than words can say

An inquest into the couple’s death is yet to take place.

Mrs Trim added: “My daughter and I were very close and I miss her more than words can say. I will always love her dearly and her beautiful memory lives on in her children.”

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