The heartbroken parents of a teenager who was shot along with her boyfriend revealed the last conversation they had with their daughter.
Greg and Debra Ireland received a fateful knock on the door of their home in Semaphore South, northwest Adelaide, by police after midnight on 23 August.
Two officers told the couple that their daughter Chelsea and her long-time partner Lukasz Klosowski, both 19, had been shot while visiting his father in Mount McIntyre, south of the city, just hours before at 11:30 p.m.
Pawel Klosowski, 46, was later arrested and charged with their murder.
The devastated parents, who treated Lukasz like a member of the family, remembered the last moment they shared with their daughter: the morning before the tragedy.
Chelsea Ireland and Lukasz Kłosowski, both 19, were shot in a site in southeastern South Australia
Greg and Debra Ireland, who treated Lukasz like a member of the family, remembered the last moment they shared with their daughter: the morning before the tragedy
“I went in and kissed her goodbye and said …” be careful down that road “and she said” oh what do you think Lukasz is going to do? He’s not stupid, “said Mrs. Ireland. The Advertiser.
Mr Ireland also hugged his daughter and said he loved her.
‘From childhood I always said to the girls’ dads always need hugs, ‘so I go upstairs, give them a hug and say I love them … so I did with Chelsea,’ he said .
The last time Maddie, 21, spoke to her younger sister was through a message about a double rainbow.
Maddie forgot that Chelsea was gone and messaged her on Friday, the day before her death, asking if she had seen it.
Pictured: Lukasz Klosowski, Maddie Ireland and Chelsea Ireland. Maddie posted the image to Facebook with the caption ‘my guardian angels’
Before she was gunned down in an alleged double murder on a rural farm in south-east South Australia, Chelsea Ireland lived her life putting others above herself
Ms. Ireland said her daughter had only met the accused murderer four times – twice when he took the couple for dinner in Adelaide, and twice in Mount Gambier, near his property.
‘I keep wishing I could have said to her, don’t go, but she was 19, she had traveled alone through Europe. She was street-wise, independent, strong-willed – there was no way I could have kept her at home, but I wish I could have done it, ‘said the mother of two.
Kłosowski had barely seen his son since his relationship with Lukasz’s mother Magdalena broke down around 2005.
Photos of Lukasz around that time show him with his mother, and another with a decoration stuck with the text ‘Sto Lat (Happy Birthday) Lukasz’.
Lukasz’s father Paul Kłosowski, 46, (pictured) is charged with two assassinations for allegedly shooting dead his estranged son and his son’s girlfriend
The young couple lived in Adelaide and visited Kłosowski’s estate, where he lives with Lukasz’s stepmother Monica (together in the photo) for a family gathering
Lukasz studied journalism at the University of South Australia while working at KFC
Family friends said Magdalena limited contact between her ex-husband and her son and later began dating a woman she is still in a relationship with.
Kłosowski and Lukasz only intersected occasionally until recent years when he tried to mend fences after marrying his wife Monica.
However, Kłosowski noted that his son was absent from numerous family photos with his three stepchildren, calling him “stubborn.”
Two of his stepchildren, all under the age of 14, witnessed the shooting, heard at Mount Gambier Magistrates’ Court on August 24.
Still in shock, the Irish family told the publication that they never thought that ‘tragedies you see in the paper’ would happen.
Despite her violent death, the family remembered Chelsea’s sense of adventure and kind heart.
Chelsea and Lukasz had been dating for several years and had traveled the world together to explore his Polish heritage.
Chelsea and Lukasz had been dating for several years and had traveled the world together to explore his Polish heritage
They attended several high schools in Adelaide – Lukasz at Christian Brothers College and Chelsea at St Mary’s College.
Lukasz studied journalism at the University of South Australia while working at KFC.
His girlfriend studied mechanical engineering at Adelaide University and worked at Baker’s Delight.
In a review for Adelaide University, the student shared an experience she had visiting an indigenous community on the edge of The Great Victoria Desert.
She said it had given her the strength to want to improve the quality of life for people in remote communities.
When she was just 15 years old, Chelsea watched a YouTube video that inspired her to donate her waist-high brown locks to cancer patients
The house on the extensive grounds of Mount McIntyre Road in Mount McIntyre where Kłosowski and his wife live and where the shooting took place
The publication previously reported that Chelsea donated her waist-high brown locks to cancer patients at the age of 15.
The hair, along with a $ 1,000 donation, was given to the Royal Adelaide Hospital wig recycling and loan service in 2015 and later became a wig for a cancer patient.
She volunteered at Puddle Jumpers Incorporated caring for vulnerable children and young people.
Puddle Jumpers released a statement after the tragic shooting, saying it was saddened by the news that Chelsea’s life had been cut short.
Chelsea, a beautiful, kind-hearted volunteer, everyone will miss you very much, the statement said.