The four-month-old son of a single mother whose body was found in a pool of blood last week will be taken in by the slain woman’s younger brother.
Kristie Lee Powell was killed as her son Slater slept in another room of their Bellambi home, north of Wollongong, sometime before her body was found by a friend at 1am on Saturday.
There was only standing room left available when the 39-year-old was farewelled by grieving friends and family at a funeral service today, as it was revealed her younger brother Ryan Powell and his wife Michelle would take young Slater in.
Mr Baker, who has five children of his own, said the infant meant absolutely everything to his sister and lamented the short time they had to share together. A picture of the infant boy rested on the top of her wooden coffin.
“Slater was her world. She was going to do absolutely everything she could to make sure he had the best upbringing he could,” he told 9News.
Ms Powell was described as a generous friend and remembered for her “larger than life” personality.
“She helped me raise my three children; they thought the world of her” friend Taryn Dallas said.
“She was just so giving. She was there for everybody. It didn’t matter what she was going through, she would find time,” Mr Powell said after the service.
“It didn’t matter what was on her plate, or what she was dealing with, if someone had a problem she would be there.”
Ms Powell’s former employee Bhanu Kirkman was charged with her murder after being arrested in a demountable building next to Maitland train station, north of Sydney, on Monday.
He was refused bail when he appeared in court on Tuesday.
Mr Baker said the pain of losing Ms Powell would “never go away” but that his family were rallying to support each other.
“There’s no real answers on how we are going to go forward but today is one of those steps.”
Almost $30,000 has been raised to go toward Slater’s future.
The 29-year-old accused of his mother’s murder will re-appear in Wollongong Court on October 17.
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