Laura Mortimer and daughter Ella Dalby were pronounced dead at a home in Gloucester and a 28-year-old man is in custody. A mother and daughter who
Laura Mortimer and daughter Ella Dalby were pronounced dead at a home in Gloucester and a 28-year-old man is in custody.
A mother and daughter who are the focus of a double murder investigation have been described as “inspirational” and “beautiful”.
Laura Mortimer, 31, and her daughter Ella Dalby, 11, were pronounced dead at a house in Gloucester after police were called to reports of two people being seriously injured.
A 28-year-old man has been remanded in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.
Ms Mortimer, a mother-of-three, ran a wedding planning business providing venue decoration and bridal wear.
A wedding photographer based in Gloucestershire, who did not want to be named, said: “Laura was a lovely lady with a kind word for everyone.
“An inspiration to many people, not only personally but in the wedding industry too.
“She worked so hard to get where she did and was extremely well respected throughout Gloucestershire and beyond.
“I know every Sweet Beginnings bride and wedding supplier is thinking of her and her family.”
Tributes have been paid on Facebook, with one saying: “Been in so much shock all day and still have no words, I’m absolutely heartbroken and keep thinking someone is going to say they got it wrong.
“Fly high Laura and keep Ella safe with you. It’s just unthinkable. Your poor little girls.”
One friend wrote: “RIP Laura & your daughter Ella. Absolutely tragic. Really feel for your other two little princesses now to be left without their mummy & big sister. Just awful news.”
Another said: “Laura and I were good friends and I’m in extreme shock.
“I tell you what, I cannot, cannot, cannot believe this. Gutted does not even come close and that beautiful daughter Ella she was Laura’s rock…”
Another friend posted: “Can’t believe it. RIP Laura and Ella taken far too soon. Fly high you two beautiful angels thoughts are with your family and friends at this awful time.”
Forensics officers have been at the scene in Dexter Way, part of a new housing estate which is on the site of a former cattle market.
A police spokesman said: “Forensic inquiries will be continuing and post-mortem examinations are due to take place in the coming days.