The father of the Melbourne wife Courtney Herron broke his silence almost a week after his daughter was murdered in a park in Melbourne.
John Herron released a moving photo of his 25-year-old daughter on Thursday after her body was found under tree trunks in Royal Park last Saturday.
The black-and-white photo shows a smiling Mrs. Herron with long dark hair, tinted with blonde highlights.
An image of Melbourne woman Courtney Herron. The photo was released by her father John, who described her death as an unimaginable tragedy
Mr. Herron, a lawyer, who split in her third year with Max, the mother of Mrs. Herron, also made a brief statement.
& # 39; Our beloved Courtney was the victim of a fatal attack. A person is now in custody, & said Mr. Herron
& # 39; My daughter's death is an unimaginable tragedy for our family. & # 39;
His statement comes a day after Courtney's mother, Maxie, remembered her as a loving & # 39; but so fragile & # 39; daughter – and revealed her last wish before she died.
The body with the badly battered body of the 25-year-old was found in a park in southern Melbourne on Saturday, after allegedly attending a social event with her accused murderer Henry Hammond, 27.
Mrs. Herron's mother described the young woman as a & # 39; damaged bird & # 39; who struggled to overcome drug addiction and to find safe accommodation.
& # 39; She was perhaps 25, but she ran so much risk. Believe, trust, love, but she was so vulnerable, & she said The age.
Courtney Herron & # 39; s (right) mother, Maxie (left), described the young woman as a & # 39; damaged bird & # 39; who struggled to overcome drug addiction and to find safe accommodation
The badly battered body of the 25-year-old was found in a park in the inner north of Melbourne on Saturday
A message left on the spot by Courtney Herron's grandmother. She cried to heaven as if searching for answers why her lover was taken away
The mother and grandmother of the Melbourne wife Courtney Herron threw herself at the spot where she was reportedly murdered and this week called to heaven for answers
Mrs. Herron's life changed to turmoil when she ended up in a bad crowd and started using ice, her mother said.
But things apparently took a clearer turn when in 2015 Mrs. Herron fell in love with the Turkish refugee Ahmet Ozkurt, who wanted to save her from addiction.
& # 39; He tried to control drug intake, to be there for her mental health, to protect her from people she was associated with, that whole terrible world. She didn't fit in, and he knew that, & Maxie said.
The young couple was planning to get married, but their three-year relationship suddenly ended when he was taken to the immigration center for an expired visa.
Maxie said Mrs. Herron & # 39; destroyed & # 39; was and accused himself of Mr. Ozkurt's fate.
& # 39; Courtney was destroyed and said: & # 39; I did this, I destroyed him. He doesn't deserve to be there. He loves me and he tried to help me. Please help me mom, make this right. & # 39; & # 39; So I became his lawyer, & Maxie said.
In 2015 Mrs. Herron fell in love with the Turkish refugee Ahmet Ozkurt, who wanted to save her from addiction
Mr. Ozkurt spoke about his former girlfriend in video footage that was shared with Nine News
Maxie wrote to the politicians, the ombudsman and the immigration department to advocate the release of Mr. Ozkurt. She hopes Mrs. Herron will look at her from heaven with her grandfather (right) to see that she has made it reality
She fights for Mrs. Herron's last wish – to get Mr. Ozkurt free from the detention center.
Maxie wrote to politicians, the ombudsman and the immigration service to advocate his release.
She hopes Mrs. Herron will look at her with her grandfather from heaven to see that she has made it a reality.
The refugee spoke about his & # 39; friendly & # 39; and & # 39; always smiling & # 39; ex girlfriend from the center, in video recordings with Nine news.
& # 39; I still can't believe this happened to her & # 39 ;, Ozkurt said.
& # 39; I still think it might be someone else. & # 39;
Mr. Ozkurt said Mrs. Herron did not deserve to die.
"She tried very hard … to solve her life, but this drug problem, it's not easy," he said.
They threw their hands in the air and seemed to ask God to answer, the 25-year-old's family came to Royal Park on Monday morning.
Maxie said the family had done so much trouble & # 39; to help Herron overcome her addiction, but it took its toll.
The last time Mrs. Herron saw her family was during Greek Easter and the 25-year-old stayed briefly with her grandmother before abruptly leaving in the middle of the night.
She said her daughter would sometimes receive accommodation from the ward, but it was usually inadequate.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Herron & # 39; s friend Jessica Bateman has slammed the system that did not protect her from homelessness and drug abuse.
& # 39; She was trying to get into public housing, trying to get methadone or suboxone or Xanax or something that would stop the withdrawal symptoms she would encounter and the fear of withdrawal is what really helped her use it, & # 39; told Bateman The project on Monday.
Mrs. Bateman said that homelessness was the ultimate cause of Mrs. Herron's death, but admitting that sleeping was difficult was more difficult for women than for men.
Mrs. Herron was bank skated until two years before her death
Mrs. Herron's life changed to turmoil when she ended up in a bad crowd and started using ice, her mother said
& # 39; Because women are more vulnerable than men who are homeless and you know men can attack them, use them and it is fair, especially when it comes to mental illness and drugs, & # 39; she said.
Mrs. Herron was bank skated until two years before her death.
Another former partner, Terrick Norris, told The New Daily Mrs. Herron would appear at his door about once a month.
& # 39; She never lived on the street, she was always bank surfing. I left her with me a number of times and so did her mother. But she was addicted to drugs and sometimes it got a bit too much, & he said.
Maxie and Herron & # 39; s grandmother visited the place where she was reported to have been killed around noon on Monday.
Grieving people lay flowers on the tragic stage where the life of Courtney Herron was cut off
The last time Mrs. Herron saw her family was during Greek Easter and the 25-year-old stayed briefly with her grandmother before abruptly leaving in the middle of the night
& # 39; I love you my darling Courtney, & # 39; wrote her grandmother about flowers left on the spot.
& # 39; You will always be in my heart. You are now in a better place with your pappou. & # 39;
They threw their hands in the air and seemed to ask God to answer with the answers, destroyed family members of the 25-year-old headed for Royal Park.
Maxie wrote: & To our beloved Courky, forever in our hearts … Find inner peace with Pappou – You will be safe with him forever. Love mama, Chris, Sian and LuLu. & # 39;
Herron's uncle, who would only give his name as Peter, told Daily Mail Australia that his family & # 39; distraught & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; She was the kindest, kind-hearted person you could meet. She was just such a sweet person, & he said.
& # 39; She had always been. Simply delicious. She was beautiful, she trusted so many people. & # 39;
Hammond appeared in court without shoes, a smile on his face and a black eye on Monday.
The court heard that he had a possible autism spectrum disorder and that he had prescribed ritaline for ADHD.
Magistrate Donna Bakos said the police could have until August 5 to prepare the documents and ordered Hammond, from no fixed address, held in pre-trial detention until a mandatory mention on September 16.
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