Monday, 10 September 2007

Outpouring for family of slain mother

September 10 2007 at 07:05AM

By Jeff Wicks

Family and friends have rallied around a Durban man and his two-month-old son after his wife, Lauren Olivier, 28, was brutally killed in their home on Thursday.

Olivier was found in a pool of blood with her baby next to her. She had been stabbed 19 times and bludgeoned with a blunt object.

Her uncle, Rodger Shankland, said on Saturday that it had been Lauren's dream to have a baby.

"I heard her saying last week that she was the happiest woman in the world with a great husband (Tony) and now her son, Jack. She was blissfully happy," he said. The couple had been married two years.

"Both Tony and Jack are staying in the family flat in Ballito. Relatives have gathered there with them. None of them are really doing too well at the moment," Shankland said.

Since Olivier's death was reported on Friday, there has been an outpouring of support from the general public.

More than 80 messages of support have been sent to The Mercury and posted on East Coast Radio's website.

One message to The Mercury read: "My name is Chantel and I'm 28 years old with a five-month-old baby boy. My heart goes out to her little baby boy and her family. There are no words to express my feelings. I would like to tell them I'm really sorry this happened to them." The family said they were grateful for the support.

Police spokesperson Michael Read said the police were following promising leads.


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