DOU­BLE TRAGEDY

Shock as cou­ple are found dead to­gether in house

The Chronicle - - Front Page - By SOPHIE DOUGHTY Crime re­porter [email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @So­phie_Doughty

A COU­PLE who had re­cently found hap­pi­ness with one an­other have been found dead to­gether.

The bod­ies of Tony Lightburn and Rachel Wiszniewska were dis­cov­ered at 35-year-old Tony’s New­cas­tle home last Satur­day morn­ing.

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

Loved ones of Rachel, who was 36, have launched a fundrais­ing drive to raise cash for her send-off.

And to­day a life-long pal of Tony has paid trib­ute to her child­hood friend, and told how happy he had seemed with his new partner.

Hay­ley Mur­ray, who met Tony when they were at school to­gether, said: “They hadn’t been to­gether very long but she seemed like a lovely girl and they both seemed re­ally, re­ally happy to­gether.

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

Taxi driver Tony grew up in the Deck­ham area of Gateshead with par­ents Lyn and Wizz and brother Chris.

Tat­too artist Hay­ley, 36, said he had al­ways been a big char­ac­ter.

“I have known him since pri­mary school. We grew up to­gether,” she ex­plained.

“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, on Satur­day morn­ing.

Rachel and Tony were pro­nounced dead at the scene.

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

A Northum­bria Po­lice 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 un­re­spon­sive 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.” Hay­ley found out what had hap­pened to her friend when she re­ceived a mes­sage while hav­ing a meal with her partner on the Quay­side, on Satur­day night.

“I just burst into tears,” she said. “I rang up Tony’s dad to see if it was true and he said it wasn’t a ru­mour.”

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 placed in The Chron­i­cle says: “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.

“Please meet for ser­vice at the West Road Ceme­tery Chapel on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14 at 10.15am, fol­lowed by in­ter­ment in the West Road Ceme­tery.

“Flow­ers wel­come or do­na­tions, if de­sired, to the Peo­ple’s Kitchen [home­less­ness char­ity].

“All wel­come back to the PTE Club in Byker for re­fresh­ments.”

Mean­while, trib­utes have been paid to Rachel on­line.

Jaz Holder, has 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.”

So far more than £1,000 has been do­nated to the fundrais­ing ef­fort.

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 Hay­ley Mur­ray

Rachel Wiszniewska and Tony Lightburn were found dead

Po­lice at the Monkch­ester Road home where the cou­ple’s bod­ies were found

Rachel Wiszniewska

Tony Lightburn

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