Stephanie Scott sent off with beautiful funeral 198



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As mothers and grandmothers alike, the story of murdered bride-to-be Stephanie Scott broke our hearts. It’s a story close to home for anyone with a daughter or granddaughter, as it showed the reality of the world we’re living in. Each week in Australia, two women are killed by domestic violence, and the tragic story of Stephanie Scott was one that highlighted just how prevalent this atrocity is.

11 days after she was set to be married in the same location, 26-year-old Stephanie Scott was laid to rest, her family surrounded by over 1,000 mourners.

The popular high school teacher was remembered in a private service yesterday in Leeton NSW, and her sisters prepared beautiful speeches and collections of memories, saying “The world is far less bright without her in it. Our lives less full and our future less whole. How can this happen to someone so good?” – it’s the question we’re all wondering too.

Hundreds of cars filled the countryside as yellow balloons lined the road to the funeral. The colour yellow represents happiness and the youthful spirit of Stephanie, as well as her favourite colour.

Be Still by The Killers played, with lyrics singing, “Be still / Wild and young / Long may your innocence reign / Like shells on the shore / And may your limits be unknown”.

The mayor of Leeton, Paul Maytom, told Fairfax, “It was really good to have a service like that which, as touching as it was, it [had] a lot of laughs,” he said.

Robyn Scott, sister of the late Stephanie showed the strength of her family on Facebook on Tuesday night, “Even with the loss of Stephanie Clare we are still blessed to have each other to give each other strength in this terrible time for us as a family. Stephanie Clare would be proud of us that’s for sure”.

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse or violence, the beyondblue support service provides advice and support via telephone 24/7 (just call 1300 22 4636), daily web chat (between 3pm–12am) and email (with a response provided within 24 hours).


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  1. Am with Jenny … And a teacher who did exactly as she did… Work at school on the weekend when there were no interruptions. She should have felt safe. How could this happen. My thoughts are with her husband to be and family and the students who lost a beautiful mentor.

  2. Yes Janet am with you I have two daughters who regularly go outside hours to school to think them not safe unbelievable

  3. What a dreadful dreadful act apon another human being. I am not their judge but what ever happens i hope justice prevails and the get what they deserve.

  4. Firstly, women need to be listened to. So often when something like this happens, you hear the police, or media, or politicians tell women what they should and should not do to make it safer. No woman deserves to be raped, beaten or murdered. The authorities need to stop telling us and start dealing with the source of the problem, mostly men!! Educate when young, take stronger action when they do any of this, stop putting domestic violence down on the list. Make it a top priority. Give offenders a much, much heavier punishment. Stand together as men to stop others. Don’t tolerate it. Women need to be not frightened anymore and to demand action!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take it out of the “too hard basket”.

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    • I agree with everything you say but in certain cases like this one she may not have even known how he felt or was thinking about her these obsessive stalker types build up a relationship in their own heads and when the time came for her to get married he snapped and couldn’t bare the thought of her marrying someone else you cant foresee the nut-cases in this world it is so sad that we cant walk around this world and live our lives without evil stalking us and to condemn the authorities for not doing more is wrong to they can only do what is given to them i think the laws should be tighter and the penalties for crime stronger there should be no parole for violent offenders at all and yes domestic violence needs to be addressed to and we need to educate our girls that violence is not love that its not your fault if he cant control his actions and be strong we need to give them more support and help to break this horrendous crime against women

    • Well said Fran its men they dont listen . I also agree with Suzanne this was a man who had evil thoughts and sadly he carried them out . I dont khow the answers or what can be done . I am sorry but in cases like this i do believe capital punishment if not to rot in jail for the rest of their life .Why should they have freedom when their victim has lost theirs . Its time women were respected .

    • Fran Spears, I agree with what you have said, however this was not about domestic violence, in my opinion its about mental health, and possibly the school did not do enough reference checks on the aggressor…but yes, often domestic violence goes hand in hand with mental health…it is a sad and tragic thing to have happened and my thoughts are with her loved ones.

    • That’s why I say NO woman deserves this. It doesn’t matter whether it starts with domestic violence, whether it’s a stranger off the street, a friend, whoever. No woman anywhere deserves this and that’s why the blame needs to go squarely on the shoulders of men!!!! I was nearly killed by my first husband. He had no mental health problems, he was just a sadistic bastard and the women I met in the same situation as myself said the same. But regardless of what problem the man has, it still has to stop!!!!!!!!!!!!! No excuses!!!!!!! My opinion.

    • Killing women and children seems to be the new sport of men! Bring in capital punishment and see how brave they are when facing the electric chair!!!

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      • Yes Marie, I agree, a life for a life. Male or female, destroy a human and you shall be destroyed also. Death penalty needs to be re-instated.

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