GABRIELLA Thompson was an independent young mother who was valued for her strong will and fierce loyalty to her friends and family.
Better known as Gabby by those who knew her, the 27-year-old woman had spent the past four years building a life for her and her young daughter.
"She was a real family girl," older sister Beck Ryan said.
"Gabby was the baby of us three girls, a caring daughter to Mum, sister to myself and Georgie and she was daddy's little favourite. She was beautiful, energetic, kind, loving."
It was this caring nature and an ability to see the best in people that Beck believes led to Gabby opening her front door to partner Tafari Walton. On Wednesday, March 13, before 11.30am Walton stabbed Gabby to death.
Only seven weeks earlier he was granted bail and released on parole. He had a history of domestic violence and while behind bars was charged with three serious offences after allegedly stabbing another inmate.
"On that day I got a call," Beck said.
"Hearing the words 'Gabby has died', I knew deep down more than likely who it was.
"I raced to the hospital like she was alive. I saw Mum in the car park, I saw her face, that said it all."
While Gabby's family were at the hospital saying their goodbyes, barely able to comprehend what had happened, police were hunting the man responsible.
On the Thursday, less than 24 hours after the attack, Walton was shot dead by police in Glendale. He would never face charges over Gabby's death and she would become another woman killed at the hands of her partner.
To have Gabby taken from us is a feeling I can't explainSister Beck Ryan
"I know it was never good," Beck said of the relationship between Gabby and Walton.
"Gabby saw the good in everyone and she wouldn't give up on anyone either. Unfortunately this time it was the wrong person.
"To have Gabby taken from us is a feeling I can't explain. It is beyond numb.
"It hurt more to think and wonder how she felt at the time, how scared she was and her last thoughts. It would have been about her baby girl, I have no doubt she would have thought about her baby girl."
On March 28 friends and family came together to celebrate Gabby's life. She was laid to rest next to her late father.
The day before the funeral, family friend Brendon Roberts was called on to film the day so that when Gabby's daughter is older she can see the "love and respect" that encircled her family.
"I said I would do it for them, I was happy to help in any way I could," Mr Roberts said.
"I didn't want to impede on people's experience of the day but what became clear was this feeling that this could be my sister, my daughter, my family member.
"There's this little girl who will grow up without a mum and she is there throwing rose petals on the casket thinking it is a game, not understanding."
What started as a video memory soon became not just a testament to the life Gabby had led, but a message about the real impact of domestic violence. The family made the brave decision to put the video out publicly on social media. In less than one week it had 99,000 views.
"We wanted Gabby to go out in a big and beautiful way, we wanted it to go viral," Beck said.
"This is reality, domestic violence is happening everywhere. As a family we will do anything to put this domestic violence awareness message out there. Don't wait until it is too late."
- For domestic violence help: 1800 65 64 63; 1800-RESPECT; Lifeline 13 11 14
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