A British mother-of-two killed while defending her home in Australia has been remembered by her husband as the ‘glue’ of their family.
Her husband Lee, 43, was left with several stab wounds following the attack.
Queensland Police say the couple were both stabbed after intruders broke into their home and a ‘scuffle’ broke out on the front porch on Boxing Day.
Two 17-year-old boys are due to face court in relation to the incident.
Returning home from hospital, a devastated Lee told reporters how he ‘broke down’ telling his daughters about the loss of their mother.
He said: ‘Emma was the glue to our family.
‘She was such a beautiful person. We’re all just devastated from her loss.
Emma and Lee Lovell had moved to Australia ten years ago (Picture: Christina Lofthouse/SWNS)
‘It’s senseless. I don’t know what people do it for.’
Emma and Lee had reportedly moved to Australia from Suffolk around 10 years ago.
They have two daughters, with Lee previously sharing photographs on social media of the family together at a nearby Sunshine Coast beach on Christmas Day.
Superintendent John Hallam, from Moreton Police, told reporters the couple had been ‘disturbed inside the dwelling and were defending their house’ at 11.30pm on Monday.
Christina Lofthouse (left) said her friend Emma (right) had a ‘heart of gold’ (Picture: Christina Lofthouse/SWNS)
Christina Lofthouse, 41, had been a friend of Emma for 33 years since they first met at school in Woodbridge, east Suffolk.
She described the attack as a ‘horrible and senseless crime (which) has left a massive hole in our lives.’
She told the East Anglian Times: ‘Even though we were 10,000 miles away, we were always together in spirit.
‘She truly had a heart of gold and helped me and my family out in some of our darkest days.’
Emma Lovell, 41, was allegedly stabbed while fighting off two people at her home outside Brisbane (Picture: Daily Mail Australia)
Police allege two teenage boys had run off after the stabbings and were found, with the assistance of the dog squad, with two other youths nearby just before 4am on Tuesday.
The two 17-year-old boys, one from Brisbane’s Holland Park and the other from the city’s Zillmere, will face Brisbane Children’s Court on Wednesday charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and entering a dwelling with intent in company.
Both have been denied bail, while a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy continue to assist police with inquiries.
A fundraiser set up for the Lovell family had raised nearly £29,000.
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‘She was such a beautiful person. We’re all just devastated from her loss.’