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Friends and family say goodbye to 'unique' Kirsty
9:34pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
FRIENDS and family paid tribute to Kirsty Humphrey by releasing Chinese lanterns.
Kirsty, 23, was stabbed to death at her home, in Queen Elizabeth Way, Colchester, last Wednesday.
Loved ones gathered on Park Field, Monkwick, a week after the tragedy.
Danielle Humphrey, 16, Kirsty’s sister, said: “For the family, it is so nice to see so many people come out tonight. I think it shows how much love people had for my sister.
“It is a source of comfort for us, with the support we have been shown and how people have rallied around.
“We just can’t believe this could have happened to someone like her.”
Kassey Sykes, 23, was one of Kirsty’s best friends while they attended Alderman Blaxill School.
She said: “Tonight, we are paying our respects to Kirsty.
“It is a week today since it happened. We were best friends in school and we were always together. She was never one to get upset.
“She never had a bad word for anyone and no one had a bad word to say about her.”
Friend Chloe Clitheroe added: “The community has come to say its goodbye and it shows the strength of feeling people had for her.
“She was unique, a real one-off and I can’t believe she’s gone.”
About 80 people let off about 20 coloured and white lanterns from Monkwick field.
Kirsty. who worked as a senior carer at the Old Rectory care home in Spring Lane, Lexden, has been described by friends and family as a bubbly young woman who would “light up the room”.
She was found with fatal stab wounds to the neck and chest in the early hours of Wednesday, September 4.
Her ex-partner, Mark Czapla, 24, of Queen Elizabeth Way, Colchester, has been charged with her murder.
He appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court this week and was remanded in custody to return on November 18.
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