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Murdered Sydney mum grew up in Byron Bay

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydney's northern beaches. Photo Facebook

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydney’s northern beaches. Photo Facebook

A former Byron Bay resident who was stabbed to death at her home on Sydney’s northern beaches is being remembered as ‘ethereal, funny, kind and gentle’, by those close to her.

Lanell Latta, 50, was found dead at a house on Marine Parade in Avalon on Monday morning.

Ms Latta grew up in Byron Bay before moving to the home in Avalon, which she reportedly rented from supermodel Gemma Ward.

Her 25-year-old son was arrested in nearby Ruskin Rowe and taken to Manly Police Station for questioning.

He was charged with her murder as well as assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He has been refused bail to appear at Manly Local Court on Tuesday.

Friends and family of the hairdresser have taken to social media to express their grief, saying they were ‘speechless’ and ‘heartbroken’.

‘The world has lost a beautiful soul in Lanell … she was taken from us way too early, in tragic circumstances, and I’m sure all of us who knew her will miss her dearly,’ one friend wrote.

‘What a loss my beautiful friend … ethereal, funny, kind and gentle. I have wonderful memories of you, and I wish you eternal peace now that you are home,’ another wrote.

– AAP


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