The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
Fly high and free our beautiful angel
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.