The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Fly high and free our beau­ti­ful an­gel

- DAVID MUR­RAY AN AC­COUNT HAS BEEN SET UP TO RAISE MONEY FOR A ME­MO­RIAL FOR JAYDE. DO­NA­TIONS CAN BE MADE AT GOFUNDME.COM/MV2T­SQAC.

SHE was the an­gel with the beau­ti­ful green eyes.

The lov­ing sis­ter and daugh­ter touched by tragedy with the loss of her mother at an early age.

Jayde Kendall is sorely missed, her ab­sence leav­ing a gap­ing hole in the lives of her shat­tered fam­ily.

“Jayde was the purest bea­con of shin­ing light ... the cir­cle that bound our love,” the fam­ily writes in a touch­ing trib­ute for The Sun­day Mail.

“She was the mag­net that drew us all to­gether and kept us con­nected ... a smart, re­spon­si­ble girl who al­ways saw the good in peo­ple, the pos­i­tives in life, and never judged.”

Two weeks ago, the 16year-old Gat­ton school­girl with a pas­sion for art and mu­sic and plans to go to univer­sity stepped into a red car and van­ished.

She was due to work at McDon­ald’s that evening but never made the shift.

On Thurs­day her body was dis­cov­ered off a dead­end street 19km away, and hours later school­friend Bren­den Bennetts, 18, was charged with her mur­der.

Jayde’s fam­ily yesterday said she had been their rock since the death of her mother from can­cer eight years ago.

The loss of her mum and the ef­fect on all around her was the driv­ing force be­hind her plans to study psy­chol­ogy.

She was the one who kept the fam­ily unit to­gether. The em­pa­thetic one, who was al­ways there when oth­ers needed her.

“Her un­der­stand­ing of pain, loss and an­guish gave her the qual­i­ties needed to be able to help oth­ers with their prob­lems,” her fam­ily writes.

“Fly high and free our beau­ti­ful an­gel. We miss you and carry you with us al­ways.” More than 40 SES vol­un­teers and po­lice (left) yesterday scoured Al­lens Rd at Up­per Tenthill, where Jayde’s body was dis­cov­ered.

She was found on a se­cluded patch of land that branches off the end of the road, out of view of the road­way and the last house on the street.

A soli­tary, tow­er­ing cam­phor lau­rel tree shades the area, which lies along­side a barbed wire fence and at the base of a steep hill.

Farm land with veg­etable crops grow­ing in rich soil makes for an idyl­lic land­scape that will be for­ever scarred by the loss of a young life.

“We grew up play­ing in those hills. It won’t be the same,” one res­i­dent said.

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