Dad Darryl Hass is shattered at the loss of his daughter, Tenille, who was found dead in an Avoca home earlier this week.
Dad Darryl Hass is shattered at the loss of his daughter, Tenille, who was found dead in an Avoca home earlier this week. Scottie Simmonds

Dad: I've lost who I live for

A DEVASTATED dad has revealed his daughter was heavily pregnant when she died under suspicious circumstances in an Avoca home earlier this week.

Tenille Hass, 24, should have given birth in two months to her first child, but the mum-to-be was found dead by police after they were called to a disturbance in the Westview Tce home about 1am on Monday.

Miss Hass's grief-stricken dad, Darryl, told the NewsMail yesterday he was still in shock at the loss of his youngest daughter – which follows the death two years ago of his eldest daughter, Sheree, from pancreatic cancer.

In an awful twist, Sheree too was pregnant when she died.

Mr Hass said the pain of losing two daughters and their unborn children was unbearable.

“I've lost the people I live for,” he said.

The Millbank man said Miss Hass had led a troubled life since her early teens, but he had done his best to support and help her since his former wife left the two girls on his doorstep when they were aged nine and 11, and he was forced to raise them on his own.

“She was a good person,” he said.

“Tenille was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Mr Hass said he had shared a close relationship with his daughter and spoke openly about her long and constant battle with drugs.

“She had problems,” he said.

“When you're in that sort of scene, it normally ends in disaster.”

The 24-year-old mum-to-be appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court only on Friday, on drug-related charges.

Mr Hass said his daughter had been in good spirits that night when they met and shared a meal at the Western Suburbs Leagues Club.

But one thing he knows he will never be able to get over is that he may have been able to prevent her death.

“Anything that bothered her in life, I dealt with,” he said.

“But Sunday night I got a phone call from her, and I did not help her.”

Miss Hass had called her father to ask for help to move some of her belongings, but the dad was not feeling well and the rain put him off.

He told her he would not be able to come to her aid that night.

By the next morning, she was dead.

“I'm going to live with this torment for the rest of my life,” he said.

The events of Sunday are still being investigated, but Miss Hass was found some hours later with “suspicious” injuries to her body.

Craig Andrew Holzberger, 36, has been charged with unlawful wounding in relation to her death.

Other residents of the home have also been interviewed by police.

Family members of Miss Hass, who did not wish to be named, said the young woman's death was “something we've been waiting for to happen”.

“When people are tangled up in drugs, you just don't know,” one relative said.

“Tenille never came near any of us – that's the way their life turned out.”

Mr Hass said he was still waiting for the autopsy report to determine his daughter's cause of death, in the hope it would bring him some peace of mind.


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