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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 May 2006, 14:08 GMT 15:08 UK
Mother's grief at partygoer death
Carie Burns
Carie Burns died after allegedly being stabbed with a sword
The mother of a woman allegedly murdered after a party has paid tribute to her "star" daughter.

Carie Burns, 21, who had recently moved to Durham from Cumbria, was the victim of an alleged attack with a sword and was then run over.

Her mother, Tracey Wilson, spoke of her heartbreak at the death, which came only nine months after her husband was killed in a road accident.

Hugh Penrose, 36, of Thomas Street, Blackhill, is accused of murder.

He will appear in court on 24 May.

Miss Burns had moved to Consett from Kendal only a month earlier.

In a statement issued through Durham Police, Mrs Wilson, from Kendal, said: "Carie was my only child and I loved her with all my heart and soul.

'Awful tragedy'

"It still hasn't really sunk in yet that I will never see my beautiful, darling daughter again. She had a wicked laugh and a great sense of humour and was full of enthusiasm to live life to the full.

"In a word, she was a star. She had many friends and always tried to see the good in everyone.

"Life has been cruel to this family - my husband, Alan, was killed in a road accident less than nine months ago and now to have Carie so needlessly and suddenly taken away from me, I feel my heart is going to break, how much can one person take?

"All I ask now is for people to respect the family's privacy so we can be left alone to come to terms with this awful tragedy."


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