Devastated mum's tribute to daughter

A devastated mother has paid tribute to her “beautiful” daughter after she was killed in a car crash on the way to a funeral which also claimed a second young life.

A devastated mother has paid tribute to her "beautiful" daughter after she was killed in a car crash on the way to a funeral which also claimed a second young life.

Kirsten Duffus, 19, died in hospital last Thursday after the car she was travelling in overturned in icy conditions on the B1077 at Ashbocking in Suffolk the previous day.

The crash also claimed the life of 24-year-old Henry Wingate, older brother of Kirsten's 19-year-old boyfriend Max, whose family live in Laxfield, near Framlingham. They were travelling in the car to the funeral of the brothers' grandfather.

Less than a week later, 41-year-old businessman Graeme Creek died when his car collided with a house on the same stretch of road.


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Kirsten lived in Burgate, near Eye, with her mother Pauline Morgan, stepfather Peter Morgan and 20-year-old brother Ewan.

Mrs Morgan, 49, said: "It was a privilege to be Kirsten's mum. She was a joy and delight to be around. She was loving and caring and everything that we could wish for. She told me that I had it easy bringing her up as a teenager and I think that she was right.

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"She had hundreds of friends, an amazing network of friends. She touched everybody that she met. It is the worst thing that could happen to a mother and our world will be empty without her."

Kirsten, who was a keen photographer, attended Eye's Hartismere High School before leaving to study A-Levels at City College in Norwich. She was on her gap year and planned to go to India in May to work with street children.

Mrs Morgan said: "Max is devastated. He has lost his brother, his granddad and Kirsten. Everyone has been shattered by this but Max is traumatised by everything."

A Hartismere High School spokesman said: "Kirsten was a delightful, bubbly girl with a real zest for life. She was hard working, dedicated to her studies, inspired and always upbeat."

Kirsten's funeral will take place on Friday, January 4. A candlelit service of thanksgiving at Burgate Church will take place at 3.30pm.

Mr Creek, who lived in Eye with his wife Judith and their three-year-old daughter Annabella, died on Saturday after his blue Vauxhall Meriva left the B1066 road at Victoria Hill in Eye and collided with a house.

The couple had been trying for 10 years to conceive a child, eventually deciding to opt for IVF. Amazingly, on the very day that Mrs Creek was due to start treatment she discovered she was pregnant, and took great joy relaying the news to her husband.

She said yesterday: "He was kind-hearted and generous and would take great pleasure in giving, expecting and wanting nothing in return."

He was passionate about watching Formula One on TV and was also a keen supporter of British rugby teams.

Mrs Creek is planning to play rugby anthems at the funeral, which, it is hoped, will be held at Diss between Christmas and New Year.

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