Romeo and Juliet

Sunday Sun - - News - SO­PHIE DOUGHTY so­[email protected]­plc.com

Re­porter DAZED friends of tragic Tony Light­burn and Rachel Wiszniewska have told of the doomed cou­ple’s blos­som­ing ro­mance that was cut trag­i­cally short.

The new cou­ple were found dead to­gether at Tony’s home a week ago, and to­day as trib­utes flood in, friends told how happy Tony, 35, and 36-year-old Rachel had been.

Nicola Mo­ran wrote on Face­book: “RIP Rach and Tony. Think ev­ery­one is still in shock, such a funlov­ing girl with so much to look for­ward to, it’s been lovely watch­ing her and Tony get closer on Face­book , 100 pho­tos a day, their fu­ture was bright.”

And Dani Dodds said: “Fly high Rach. You’re gonna be a miss. RIP Tony well done for mak­ing her smile again.”

Dani Atkin­son added: “RIP Rach can’t be­lieve you’re gone. Glad Tony made you smile again.”

The cou­ple’s bod­ies were found at taxi driver Tony’s New­cas­tle home last Satur­day.

Po­lice are not treat­ing their deaths as sus­pi­cious, and rel­a­tives are now mak­ing ar­range­ments for their fu­ner­als.

Loved ones of Rachel have launched a fundrais­ing drive for her send-off.

Tony grew up in the Deck­ham area of Gateshead with par­ents Lyn and Wizz and brother Chris. Hay­ley Mur­ray, who was at school with him, told how her child­hood pal had seemed happy with his new girl­friend.

“They hadn’t been to­gether very long but she seemed like a lovely girl and they both seemed re­ally, re­ally happy to­gether,” the 36-year-old tat­too artist said.

“I was buzzing for him. It’s such a shame. It’s a bit of a Romeo and Juliet.”

And pay­ing trib­ute to Tony, Hay­ley added: “I have known him since pri­mary school. We grew up to­gether. He was as daft as a brush, he was a lit­tle tin­ker, but me and him were al­ways the ones that stuck up for one an­other. With him be­ing mixed race he got a lit­tle bit of stick in the 80s, but he gave as good as he got. I only met Rachel once but she seemed lovely.”

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to Tony’s home, on Monkch­ester Road in Walker, and the cou­ple were pro­nounced dead.

Po­lice said they do not be­lieve any­one else was in­volved, and of­fi­cers pre­pared a re­port for the coro­ner.

A spokes­woman said: “At 9.43am on Satur­day we re­ceived a re­port of concern for wel­fare for two peo­ple at an ad­dress in Monkch­ester Road, Walker.

“Po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices at­tended the ad­dress, where they found an unre- spon­sive male and fe­male. The 35-year-old man and the 36-year-old woman were pro­nounced dead at the scene. Their fam­i­lies are be­ing sup­ported by spe­cially trained of­fi­cers at this dif­fi­cult time.

“There is not be­lieved to be any third-party in­volve­ment. A re­port has been pre­pared for the coro­ner.”

Tony’s funeral will be held at 10.15am on Fri­day at New­cas­tle’s West Road Ceme­tery and will be fol­lowed by a wake at the PTE Club in Byker.

A death no­tice said: “Tony Car­rick (T). Dearly loved son of Wizz and Lyn. Also a much loved brother of Chris. T will be sadly missed by all his fam­ily and many friends.”

It went on: “Flow­ers wel­come or do­na­tions, if de­sired, to the Peo­ple’s Kitchen. All wel­come back to the PTE Club in Byker for re­fresh­ments.”

Mean­while, funds are be­ing raised on­line for Rachel’s funeral. Jaz Holder, set up a fundrais­ing page on Face­book. He wrote: “As most of you know we have lost two very spe­cial peo­ple this week and al­ready we now need to start think­ing about a funeral. If you can give any­thing small or large it would be to­tally ap­pre­ci­ated. This is a shock to the full fam­ily and we were never pre­pared for this. So we need to gather some funds if you can help.” More than £1,000 has been do­nated to the fundrais­ing ef­fort.

Tony Light­burn and Rachel Wiszniewska

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