Search for answers after murder

Natasha McCarthy.
Natasha McCarthy. Contributed

FOR 14-year-old Jane Deller, big sister Natasha was someone she could always depend on for a movie night.

"Last time I stayed over we had a movie marathon," Jane said.

"It was something about vampires... she loved anything with action.

"I always used to stay over (at) her house when she had the time."

Natasha McCarthy, 28, died on Sunday night and 35-year-old David Jepson has been charged with her murder.

Described as someone who had a "rough life" and was "trying to get back on her feet", Natasha leaves behind two young daughters, aged nine and 11 months.

Jane said she found it difficult to imagine life without her sister.

"I really miss her and I love her," she said. "I'm really upset and scared.

"I hope she's happy wherever she's going."

Natasha's aunt, Barbie Stott, said despite a tough past, Natasha had recently been making big steps to getting her life on track.

"She was just trying to get back on her feet... and now she's not going to get her chance to get on top of things," Ms Stott said.

"She was way too young to be taken.

"She loved her two little girls, and we just can't believe she's gone."

Family friend Tracy Edge said Natasha was the sort of person who wanted to be loved by everyone.

"If she had any problems she'd give us a call," Ms Edge said. "It's just a tragedy, no other words can describe something like that."

Stepfather Gary Deller said Natasha's life revolved around her daughters.

"She always wanted the best for her kids," Mr Deller said. "We all feel for her two daughters she's left behind."

Mr Deller said Natasha's family was now hoping their questions about why Natasha was taken from them would be answered.

"We just want justice," he said.

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