Shandee remembered as a 'beautiful, happy' girl
THE family of a Mackay woman murdered over the weekend have made an emotional plea for anyone with information to come forward.
Shandee Blackburn was yesterday remembered by her mother Vicki Blackburn and sister Shannah Blackburn as a "beautiful, happy" and "very individual" girl who was making plans to travel the famous Route 66 with her boyfriend.
The family members yesterday fought back tears as they described their terrible loss and pleaded for the public to help them gain closure by finding out who did this to their "little girl".
"We request any person who may know something, who may have any information, however irrelevant they may think, to please come forward," Mrs Blackburn said.
"We need the public's help to find out why this happened. To make sure no child or woman has to go through what she went through."
The 23-year-old was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning as she walked home from work, in what police are describing as a "vicious" attack.
Her cause of death is still not known.
Regional crime coordinator Detective Acting Inspector Paul Elliot said they were investigating the possibility that more than one person was responsible for the attack and were hoping CCTV footage would assist in finding those responsible.
"This is an absolutely devastating incident to occur," he said.
Family and friends gathered at the scene of the crime on Boddington St, on Sunday night and held a candle-lit vigil for Shandee.
"We really appreciate all her friends who came to show support for Shandee," Mrs Blackburn said.
Shandee's older sister Shannah said she attended the scene to feel closer to her sister.
"My relationship with Shandee ... really we just used to joke and laugh and send silly funny messages," she said.
"I know that she wanted to go travelling more; the last couple of years we've been travelling overseas.
"Shandee and I went last year and I know her and her boyfriend were going to plan a trip over to America and they wanted to do Route 66."
Shannah said they were still trying to come to terms with what had happened.
"No one can believe it. Everyone knows she didn't deserve this, no one does."
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.