A pregnant mother-of-two, who was found dead in a bloodied pile of clothes lying next to her ex-boyfriend, has been remembered as a ‘beautiful soul’ by her devastated family.
Michelle Darragh, 32, died at her former partner’s Bayswater North home 28km east of Melbourne’s city centre on Saturday night at about 7:30 pm, with homicide detectives now investigating the circumstance around the gruesome death.
Ben Coman, 29, was in a critical condition when ambulance crews arrived at the grisly scene and remains under police guard at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The couple, who once lived at the address with their two young boys, recently separated only a fortnight ago.
But the young mum and social worker was seen at the property on Saturday afternoon while Mr Coman, a tradesman who runs a cabinet-making business, was also spotted walking in the area around the same time.
Forensic specialists scoured the home on Sunday which was cordoned off with police tape.
But despite the intensive investigation, Victoria Police said they were ‘not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.’
Ms Darragh’s heartbroken family said they want her to be remembered as ‘the most beautiful soul that you could ever get,’ a family member told The Age.
“She lived for her kids and family and always put other people first in front of her own self.
“We will always remember her beautiful nature and her infectious smile that lit the room up when she walked into it.”+2
Ms Darragh’s heartbroken family said: “She lived for her kids and family and always put other people first in front of her own self.”
They said she adored her two sons and was a dedicated, loving mother.
A neighbour of the deceased woman said he saw the victim’s parents outside the house crying.
Neighour Trent Falahey said he saw Ms Darragh’s distraught parents crying outside the home before the woman’s mother asked if he had ‘heard anything’.
“You don’t expect these things to happen in your neighbourhood,” he told the Herald Sun.
He said they were a ‘fantastic’ and ‘lovely couple’ who had been at the property for about four years.
“They were great neighbours … it is a pretty tight neighbourhood we all know each other,” he said.