Tear-ripping scenes as hundreds of grieving mothers, 42, are reportedly stabbed to death by her estranged husband while her children watched in horror
- Karen Gilliland is said to have been stabbed to death by the estranged husband Nigel
- The alleged murder was witnessed on June 23 by Mrs. Gilliland’s two children
- The 42-year-old from Rockhampton, Queensland was buried on Tuesday
- Mrs. Gilliland’s estranged husband, Nigel, has since been charged with murder
Hundreds said goodbye to Rockhampton mother Karen Gilliland, who was reportedly stabbed to death for her children by her estranged husband.
The 42-year-old nurse was remembered as a rebellious spirit who put everyone’s needs first.
“(You were a) best buddy for many, friend to all, mom on the work floor for the lab rats, and mom for four incredible souls,” said a read from a colleague.
Rockhampton mom Karen Gilliland (pictured) is said to have been stabbed to death by her estranged husband for her children
Her funeral was streamed live and held on Tuesday at St Joseph’s Cathedral in Rockhampton
The service was held Tuesday at St Joseph’s Cathedral in Rockhampton and was streamed online.
Ms. Gilliland died on June 23 in a confrontational attack witnessed by two of her children.
Nigel Gilliland, who was estranged from his wife, has been charged with murder.
Father Bryan Hanifin urged the congregation to channel their pain, shock, and anger at Karen’s rapid and violent death to support her children.
“What are we going to do about Karen’s death?”
“In some ways, it’s easy to cry in her memory, but I think we should ask ourselves, what am I going to do with my life in her memory when the tears have dried?” he said.
“What are we going to do about her unfinished masterpiece, her beautiful children?”
Hundreds said goodbye to the mother on Tuesday after she was reportedly stabbed to death by her estranged husband
Nigel Gilliland, who was estranged from his wife, has been charged with murder
“(You were a) best buddy for many, friend to all, mom at work for the lab rats, and mom for four incredible souls,” said a message from a peer
Her brother Bryan Cranston grimaced as he spoke of his sister’s devotion to her children.
“The kids were really Karen’s life … she just wanted to be a mother,” he said, holding the hand of Karen’s youngest child, six-year-old Jade.
A GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her three children has amassed nearly $ 50,000 in donations.
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Mourners saw each other hug after saying goodbye to the killed mother on Tuesday