MELANIE WILSON: Family's grief after loss of 'precious' daughter

Melanie Wilson, found dead on Thursday, November 3, aged 22.
Melanie Wilson, found dead on Thursday, November 3, aged 22.

The family of Melanie Wilson have told of their 'special' girl, who will leave a huge hole in their lives.

The body of the 22-year-old from Mansfield was found in Sutton on Thursday, November 3 and the community is in mourning by the shocking death of such a 'special' young woman.

Her brother, Peter Wilson, 31, said: "I'll think of her and I'll light a candle for her every day.

"I'll remember how she used to laugh, her sense of humour was famous.

"We're keeping strong and trying to do our best for Melanie. We're all grieving. We can't believe she's gone, it's devastating. She was my mum's entire life - she always wanted a girl, and Melanie was her precious, precious daughter."

"She was a huge lover of dancing and mum and dad supported her with that. She went to a dance academy at the old Venue 44 building and was always performing shows growing up.

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Melanie went to Brunts Academy and trained in ballet and tap dancing. She's described as a bright and charismatic person by friends, and her best friend Emma Walker described her as 'always holding the limelight.'

So it's such a 'tragedy' that she was 'robbed of life' at such a young age, her brother added.

"She's struggled growing up, and me and her have always supported each other. We've understood each other.

A public service has been set up at New Cross Community Church in Downing Street, Sutton on Thursday, November 10, 3pm-8pm. Peter is hoping to attend as all are invited to light a candle and show support for the family.

There is also a charity football match and fun day organised on November 26 in aid of Melanie's family. Contact the pub on 01623 431952 to take part - After the game, join in for a family fun day at the Rose & Crown from 1pm with live bands, face painting, kids activities, charity auction and raffle. For more information contact Kirsty on 07969 054 651.

You can make a donation to the In Memory of Melanie Wilson Fund on GoFundMe here.