THE heartbroken best pal of a 20-year-old found dead after a gig has apologised for “not protecting her” – as a teen appeared in court today charged with murder.
Keeley Bunker was discovered in a stream just hours after her family launched a frantic search when she vanished on her way home.
Keeley Bunker, 20, was found dead in a stream in Tamworth, Staffs[/caption]
The barmaid’s best friend today posted an emotional tribute beautiful, smart and amazing” Keeley.
Gabriel Summerfield, who was pals with Keeley for 16 years, wrote: “I can’t come to terms with the fact that my best friend has been taken away.
“She was stunning, she had a heart of pure gold and no one could ever come close.
“I will talk to you every night and tell you about my day and ask you for advice. I’m so sorry that I couldn’t protect you, I’m just so so sorry.
“You were my only best friend I’ve ever had and no one could ever compare to you. Only the other day I was telling you how much you meant to me and I just can’t believe this has happened.”
TEEN IN COURT
He continued by revealing his heartache and not being able to say goodbye to Keeley and ended the post by saying: “You had so much more to give.
“You were beautiful, smart and an amazing friend. You will always be with me. I love you so so much Keeley. I miss you so much.”
The tribute came as Wesley Streete, 19, appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre today charged with murder.
Streete, wearing a grey tracksuit, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Stafford Crown Court on Wednesday.
MUM’S HEARTBREAKING APPEAL
Keeley’s heartbroken mum Debbie Watkins launched an appeal on Facebook after she went missing as she returned home from watching Brit rapper Aitch perform in Birmingham.
Friends joined other family members in the frantic search for the “beautiful” barmaid who was last seen at 4am last Thursday.
But her body was tragically discovered in Wigginton Park in Tamworth, Staffs, about 9pm the same day.
Her grieving family have now launched a GoFundMe appeal to help with funeral costs for their “wonderful sister, daughter and best friend”.
“Anyone that knows her knows her to be the one of the most vibrant, caring and beautiful souls this earth has ever seen,” they said.
Devastated friends and family have left floral tributes for Keeley where her body was found.
One bouquet read: “Keeley, sending you all my love, you will be missed by all. Rest well x.”
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Another said: “Keeley, I am going to miss you so so so much. Your laugh, smiley face and through and through beautiful soul.
“You are going to be missed by everyone lucky enough to have ever met you.
“Miss you already so much, until we meet again, sleep tight.”
Streete, of Tamworth, Staffs, was arrested on Thursday[/caption]
Forensic officers at the scene of the devastating discovery in Tamworth, Staffs, on Friday[/caption]
Flowers and tributes left near Keeley’s home this morning[/caption]
The 19-year-old suspect leaves court on Saturday after being arrested on suspicion of killing Keeley Bunker[/caption]
The 20-year-old’s death has rocked the local community in Tamworth[/caption]