Friends and family mourn a & # 39; fantastic nurse & # 39; who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend when she recovered from brain surgery.
Cait O & Brien was stabbed to death after the police were kicked the door of her flat in Gardenvale, southeast of Melbourne on Tuesday morning at around 7.30 p.m.
The 31-year-old had a brain tumor removed on May 14 and was back at work & # 39; rocked her amazing new hairstyle & # 39; when her life was interrupted.
Friends and family mourn & # 39; miraculous nurse & # 39; Cait O & # 39; Brien who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend when she recovered from brain surgery
The 31-year-old had a brain tumor removed on May 14 and was back at work & # 39; rocked her amazing new hairstyle & # 39; when her life was shortened
Her aunt Maureen Gill said the family was in shock from the death of their & # 39; beautiful cousin niece & # 39; and that they supported each other.
& # 39; Uncle Russell will look after you, and your nan and gramps. Rest calmly, & she said.
A close relative said that Mrs. O & # 39; Brien the & # 39; most beautiful girl & # 39; and hoped that justice would be served. & # 39; It's so hard & # 39 ;, she added.
Narelle Bonner, who worked with Mrs. O & # 39; Brien for the past 10 years, said she was a & # 39; fantastic nurse & # 39; became everyone treated as if it mattered.
& # 39; Caitlin was a calm but cheerful girl with a huge passion for caring for others, as evidenced by the way she cared for her patients and their families, & she said. The age.
Mrs. O & # 39; Brien, 31, was found dead after the police went out on Tuesday to perform a welfare check
Shea Sturt, 32, was arrested shortly after discovering the body by the Murder Police and charged with murder
Another friend noted that Mrs. O & # 39; Brien only recovered from the operation that saved her life when she died.
& # 39; She was so brave and had revived. I am deeply sad, & they said.
Other friends said they wished they had had more contact in recent weeks.
& # 39; I'm grumpy and wish I had done more when I spoke to her last week, & # 39; said one.
The Alfred Hospital, where she worked, said the staff were & # 39; deeply saddened by the death of a caring and respected nurse & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Caitlin O & # 39; Brien spent several years breastfeeding at Caulfield Hospital and, more recently, with The Alfred team. She will be missed very much. & # 39;
Mrs. O & # 39; Brien & # 39; s friend Shea Dylan Sturt, 32, was arrested by Murder Police soon after the body was discovered in the apartment they shared.
Sturt spoke a few hours earlier with protective service staff at Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, according to the Herald Sun.
A court heard that the police were investigating an alleged history of domestic violence between the couple.
Sturt posted a series of bizarre introspective messages on his Facebook the day O & Brien died, along with a video of a stand-up routine by Owen Benjamin called & # 39; How To Be Married and Not Be Murdered & # 39; .
Mrs. O & # 39; Brien underwent brain surgery on May 14 to remove a brain tumor and praised Sturt for cooking and taking care of household chores while she recovered
& # 39; Caitlin was a calm but cheerful girl with a huge passion for caring for others, as evidenced by the way she cared for her patients and their families, & a friend said.
Mrs. O & # 39; Brien had praised Sturt for cooking and taking care of her when she recovered in recent weeks.
& # 39; I'm home now and just need Panadol with the occasional Endone. Showering and dressing herself etc, & # 39; she told friends after the operation.
& # 39; Shea takes care of all chores and cooking. & # 39;
Mrs. O & Brien was able to see the funny side of her medical experience, joking that her head looked like a tennis ball and dyeing the stubble green color would make for a good Halloween costume.
& # 39; When I go back to work, I want to tell the patients that my hair fell due to the stress of nursing, & # 39; she joked.
Shortly before her last moths operation she wrote: & # 39; Goodbye little brain pea! & # 39;
Her death is a double tragedy for the family when her uncle Russell Gill died just four weeks ago, at the age of 68.
Her death is a double tragedy for the family when her uncle Russell Gill died just four weeks ago, at the age of 68
The accused murderer Sturt stood before the judge in Melbourne on Wednesday morning. He was completely black without shoes
A neighbor said the couple had been living in the apartment for at least three years, but Mrs. Brien had not been seen for weeks.
& # 39; It would have been at least four or five weeks since we saw her, which was not so normal, & # 39; told neighbor Julie 9 news.
& # 39; That is what concerns me. The fact that we had not seen her for a while – how long has she been there? & # 39;
Julie said that Mrs. O & # 39; Brien & # 39; introverted & # 39; and although she was a & # 39; happy face & # 39; had, she was & # 39; timid & # 39; & # 39; she just never looked happy & # 39 ;.
Another neighbor said they heard noises or disturbances when the couple lived in the apartment, but nothing suspicious.
Forensic officers have dropped off parts of the building on Kooyong Road and combed through the second-floor flat.
Police said the exact circumstances and cause of death have yet to be determined and investigations are ongoing.
Sturt stood before the Melbourne court on Wednesday morning, accused of murdered in black with bare feet.
The woman could lie dead on the floor of the apartment for up to five weeks (photos & # 39; s) because neighbors had not seen her for a long time
A police prosecutor said investigators were investigating an alleged history of domestic violence between the couple and questioning witnesses and investigating CCTV.
Magistrate Ann Collins said that Sturt & # 39; had diagnosed problems & # 39; who had to be managed while he was behind bars.
She did not specify what those problems were, but Sturt spoke about autism on his Facebook page.
He did not request bail and was in custody until his next appearance on October 16.
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