Children of murdered Kelowna woman need support

"I need to tell this story so everyone will know the kind of person that Theresa really was..."

Theresa Neville was murdered in her Glenmore area home two years ago

Theresa Neville was murdered in her Glenmore area home two years ago

As the two year anniversary of Theresa Neville’s murder comes up, more information about how her two children are surviving is being released in an attempt to fuel a fundraising campaign in their name.

“I want and need to tell this story so everyone will know the kind of person that Theresa really was and why her two precious girls are so deserving,” wrote Sherry Crandell, a friend of Theresa Neville’s family for over 20 years.

“She was an amazing mother who never drank, smoked or did drugs of any kind.  Her children were her everything.  And now, after such tragic circumstances,  their future will be without their mother…forever.”

Mounties received a request for assistance from paramedics at a house on the 300 block of Yates Road,  June 18, 2013 at 12:37 a.m.

“When police arrived, they discovered the body of Theresa Ashley Neville and deemed her death to be suspicious,” said Cpl. Joe Duncan in a press release.

“Theresa’s two children (then ages 8 and 10) were found unharmed inside the home and were safely relocated with their extended family.”

In the write-up for the fundraising campaign, they reveal that the two girls were sleeping in their beds as their mother was murdered.

“These girls have been living with and will continue to live with their grandparents, Theresa’s parents, on their retirement income,” said Crandell.

“The burden of  the ongoing and future medical, education and legal costs, on top of the ongoing murder investigation, has been much more than  any family should ever have to go through.  There has been very little financial support given through the justice system and government.”

Crandell said that closure for this family is not looking like it will come any time soon, but it would be a relief to the grandparents to know the two girls will be cared for in the future.

“More importantly, as Theresa is looking down and watching over her family, she might find some peace and justice knowing that people do care,” Crandell said.

Police are still seeking the public’s help in identifying her killer. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP, Cst Meyers at 250-470-6326. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

If the link above for the fundraising campaign doesn’t work, copy and paste http://www.gofundme.com/ms5i2s

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