Grieving family prepare for murdered mum's funeral
ALECIA Harper loved nothing more than starting her morning with a cup of coffee and a moment of reflection overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains.
Now her favourite place will forever bring her peace. Confronted by heart-wrenching and unexpected funeral arrangements, the murdered mother's family have chosen a landscape of the Glasshouse Mountains to adorn her casket.
Ms Harper's urn has been picked out - a homage to dolphins, the gentle animals she loved so much.
Her brother, John Tillema, said the family was still in shock over the death which they say no one saw coming.
Ms Harper was found in a bedroom of her home at Glasshouse Parklands estate on Saturday alongside the body of her partner, Matthew Alan Rose.
It is believed Mr Rose killed Ms Harper before taking his own life.
Overcome by grief, Ms Harper's family is standing united for the sake of a six-year-old girl now orphaned.
The girl, who the family asked not be named, was having a sleepover at her grandparents' house, Ms Harper's parents, on the night of the tragedy.
They rang police on Saturday when Ms Harper had failed to make contact.
A celebration of Ms Harper's life will be held at Gregson and Weight Caloundra on Saturday at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to a fund set up for Ms Harper's daughter's future education and living needs.
Her grandparents, along with the support of the whole family, have stepped up to raise the little Glasshouse Mountains Country Christian College Year 1 student.
"I saw Alicia two weeks ago for my birthday when I came up to the Coast. I never thought it would be the last time I would see her," Mr Tillema said.
"Alecia loved the Glasshouse Mountains and Mary Cairncross Park was always a spot she would take her daughter to for picnics."
Mr Tillema described Ms Harper as an impeccable and loving mother.
"She gave everything to her daughter," he said.
"She was so proud of her when she started school.''
Close family friend Greg Tutt said Ms Harper's parents would assume the role of the girl's parents.
"The family is in shock. You just don't get over an event like this," Mr Tutt said.
"Their daughter is seeing counsellors and police have been fantastic.
"She understands that mummy is in heaven.
"We are just thankful she wasn't home at the time."
Help support the future needs of Alecia's daughter.
Donate directly to her fund at ANZ Beerwah
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