A HEARTBROKEN teenager whose mother and sister were murdered together at their Sheffield home sobbed with despair as he led mourners into a city crematorium for a poignant double funeral service.
Mourners gathered in bright spring sunshine at City Road Cemetery as Tracy Donnelly, aged 42, and her 23-year-old daughter Louise were laid to rest.
The women were both found stabbed to death at Tracy’s home in Ironside Road, Gleadless, exactly a month ago.
In heartbreaking scenes, Tracy’s 18-year-old son - Louise’s brother - Ashley struggled to compose himself as he walked, dressed in black, in front of two hearses gripping the hand of a funeral director.
Around 80 relatives and friends had gathered yesterday morning for the funeral service which took place at 11.15am.
Traffic on City Road at Norfolk Park ground to a halt as the cortege - two charcoal grey hearses, and a limousine for close relatives - made its way slowly up the hill, led by a funeral director who walked ahead of the cars dressed in a traditional cloak and top hat with a cane.
The first hearse, containing Tracy’s coffin, was surrounded by pink and white floral tributes and a white arrangement dotted with pink roses and spelling out the word ‘Mum’.
Louise’s coffin followed in the second hearse, which was filled with red, white and pink flowers and a similar tribute which read ‘Lou’.
Police stood guard as weeping funeral-goers, most of them dressed in black, made their way into the chapel.
The women’s murder, in the early hours of Tuesday March 29, shocked the community in Gleadless.
Neighbours wept openly in the street as news of the deaths spread among residents.
At the time, neighbour Tracey Johnston, breaking down in tears, said: “Tracy and Louise were not just mother and daughter – they were best friends. They were always together.”
Louise, who was staying with her mum temporarily and lived with her boyfriend Ricky Williams, 23, worked part time as a barmaid, waitress and cook at The New Inn pub in Hemsworth.
In a tribute to Louise on his Facebook page, Ricky said: “Goodnight babe, love you always. You will always be in my heart. Save me a place up there. I know we will be together again one day.”
Ashley also left a message on Facebook which simply said: “Rest in peace Mum and Louise.”
Tracy leaves behind her mother, Maureen Donnelly, aged 61, and youngest son Daniel, aged four.
Rekawt Mahmood Salih, 25, of Callow Mount, Gleadless Valley, Sheffield, has been charged with both women’s murders and is remanded in custody awaiting trial at Sheffield Crown Court.