A TEENAGER has been charged with the Christmas Day murder of a heroic mum who died saving her daughter.
Jayne Toal Reat, 43, was knifed in front of her daughter Charlotte, 21, at a property in Lisburn, Belfast early on December 25 morning.
The 19-year-old man faces two counts of attempted murder after another woman and a man were injured at the Mornington property.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said he is due to appear before Craigavon Court on December 29.
Heartbroken friends of the heroic mum who was stabbed to death at a Christmas party have vowed to care for the daughter she died saving.
Kezia Maclennan who regarded Ms Reat as her second mum said she has never been so heartbroken in her life, but vowed to get justice for the tragic 43-year-old.
Jayne Holly Millar, a friend who Ms Reat had “helped her through her hardest times” insisted its time for her to return the favour and support Charlotte.
She said on Facebook: “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.
“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.”
Ms Reat’s death has even left a hole in the hospital wards where she worked. Her colleague and friend Laura O’Neill said:”You can feel the atmosphere throughout work it just isn’t the same.
“Still expect to see her walking onto the ward with a big smile on her face. RIP”
Describing the tragic and “amazing woman”, Charlotte’s friend Chloe McCullagh said: “I can’t believe this has happened! I’m gonna be here every step of the way to help you through this!!
“Jayne Toal Reat was an amazing woman, always looked after me when I was at the house, Jayne you will be missed so much, going to miss you loads and our catch up chats!”
Ms Reat was murdered after her daughter received two knife wounds to the head, Charlotte tragically revealed.
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The emotionally-torn 21-year-old said her mum she wished she could trade places with her mum who was murdered right in front of her eyes and later died in her arms.
PSNI Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell told the Belfast Telegraph a murder investigation has been launched.
Cops confirmed a 19-year-old man was arrested on Monday.
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