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Friend of murdered Northern Ireland woman Jayne Toal Reat vows justice for her 'second mummy'

By Cate McCurry

A woman has vowed to "get justice for her second mummy" after a murder in Lisburn on Christmas morning.

In a Facebook post, Jayne Holly Millar said that murder victim Jayne Toal Reat from Comber had been her "role model and ray of sunshine". The 43-year-old mother died in the early hours of Christmas Day at a house in Mornington Lane.

It emerged that she died a "hero" after saving the life of her daughter, Charlotte.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. The PSNI have until today to either formally charge the teenager, release him or apply for further time for questioning.

In her Facebook message, Ms Millar said: "No-one should die this young let alone have their life taken from them.

"I still can't come to terms with what's happened but I just wanted to say Jayne you were far more than a second mummy to me - you were a friend, family, a counsellor, a shoulder to cry on, a teacher, a role model, an inspiration, a ray of sunshine and a comedian.

"You've made me laugh so much over the years and I can't thank you enough for everything you ever done for me.

"You and Charlotte helped me through some of the hardest times of my life and now it's time for me to return the favour.

"I will stand by Charlotte through everything Jayne, every single step of the way, I will always be there for her. We will get you justice. I love you so much, Jayney."

It is understood that there had been a party at the house on Christmas Eve.

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