Mum shares pain after hit and run tragedy
NILLY Mooney was a star who shone both on and off the sporting field, lighting up "the darkness" and "touching the lives of so many people".
The "effervescent, energetic" teenager was killed in a tragic hit and run on March 1 when she was struck by a vehicle on Nicklin Drv in Beaconsfield, near Mackay, just eight months after her father died from cancer.
"The family of nine… lost their father in June (last year), so it became a family of eight," Nilly's Aunty Joanne said.
"Now it's a family of seven," she said.
"Nilly's brothers and sisters are feeling her loss immensely."
But in these dark times, Nilly's mother, Tania Rudall, said the memory of her "beautiful" daughter is a shining light.
The 15-year-old rugby superstar was remembered as a go-to recruit for Mackay sporting clubs and a go-to friend for anyone.
"In a short time she touched so many people, she touched so many people," Nilly's mother Tania Rudall said.
"Everyone's got a 'Thank god for Nilly' story," she said.
"(Remembering her), they're laughing, because she was always smiling and happy. I love her."
Nicklin Drv is now lined with flowers, photographs and letters paying tribute to the "amazing" Nilly.
"There's photos and letters saying thank you for being there for me and supporting me," Ms Rudall said.
An online fundraiser for the Mooney family has already exceeded $10,000.
"I still want my baby back," Tania Rudall said.
"But it does make a difference, people know her and know who she is.
"It's just beautiful and we're very thankful and we'd like to acknowledge every single person."
"No one will forget my baby."