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AustraliaMurdered teen’s parents win fight to stay at home with ‘memorial tree’

13:26  19 july  2019
13:26  19 july  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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A community is rallying around a couple as they face the prospect of moving out of the house where their murdered daughter' s memorial tree stands. Her parents say the tree , which now tops an estimated 30 feet (9.1 metres), has in the intervening years become something of a focal point for the

A memorial tree stands tall in their yard and they able to walk to 'Nat' s track'. The home is filled with treasured memories of their daughter Natalie, who was murdered by serial killer An elderly couple (Carmel Russell pictured) whose teenage daughter was murdered by a serial killer on her way home

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An elderly couple that faced the unwelcome prospect of having to move out of the home where their murdered daughter's memorial tree stands, have had a big win.

Brian and Carmel Russell's 17-year-old daughter Natalie was murdered by serial killer Paul Denyer in Frankston, in Melbourne's south-east, in 1993.

She was attacked and killed as she walked home from school through a local golf course.

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The teen said she' s comforted knowing her parents , two brothers and two sisters are “in a much better place, and that I'll be able to see them again one day.” The theme of the memorial was " Stay Strong," incorporating the family' s name. "We're here as a community to show support," said Rachel

Murdered teen’s parents win fight to stay at home with ‘memorial tree’© A Current Affair Brian and Carmel Russell were facing the prospect of having to leave the home they'd lived in for 26 years. Murdered teen’s parents win fight to stay at home with ‘memorial tree’© A Current Affair Their daughter Natalie was murdered by serial killer Paul Denyer in 1993.

Just after they lost her, Brian and Carmel planted a tree in their back yard.

They dubbed it Nat's Tree in her memory.

But as A Current Affair reported last month, the couple were staring down the barrel of having to move out of their family-owned home, due to health and financial struggles.

Murdered teen’s parents win fight to stay at home with ‘memorial tree’© A Current Affair A memorial tree to Natalie is planted in the backyard.

But the community and family rallied around the couple, helping them spruce the home up for sale and following A Current Affair's report came some good news.

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Local real estate agent Ash Marton was able to find a buyer who was willing to allow Brian and Carmel to stay as long as they like.

Murdered teen’s parents win fight to stay at home with ‘memorial tree’© A Current Affair Real estate agent Ash Marton said the home's new owner would allow the Russells to stay as long as they wanted. Murdered teen’s parents win fight to stay at home with ‘memorial tree’© A Current Affair Brian thanked everybody for their support.

On behalf of himself and his wife, Brian thanked everybody for their support - and told A Current Affair he thought there might have been a little intervention from on high.

"I think our daughter might've had something to do with it," he said.

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