Double fatality breaks Ipswich's heart on social media
THE tragic story of a young mother and father who lost their lives in a fatal road accident, leaving behind the little girl they welcomed into the world only eight months ago has touched readers.
Driver Ryan Burwell, 27, of Rosewood and his partner Juanita Kirner, 20, of Laidley, were killed when their Holden Commodore skidded off Toongarra Rd at Leichhardt on Tuesday night, smashing into two trees and a fence before slamming side-on into a power pole.
The couple had only just celebrated the birth of their daughter, Melody, on Valentine's Day this year.
Readers inundated the QT Facebook pages with an outpouring of grief and tributes for the family.
Sarah Guest: "RIP Cuz. So heart-breaking. I know you will watch over Melody until you all meet again. X"
Melissa Brown: "Very devastating indeed. My thoughts are with you Aunty Barb, may you baby girl RIP she is in good hands nana will take care of her now..."
Bec Cooper: "I have lost such a great friend. Deepest condolences to all the family."
Bree Coleman: "Wish we could go back to the simple days at high school together. When nothing like this was even a possibility.
Rest easy beautiful girl. We will all miss you so much."
Amira Trea and Douglas Nowlan: "Fly high Juanita and Ryan. Untill we see each other again.All my love to Melody and you both."
Patricia Carpenter: "Two young lives taken far too young. My thoughts are with both families especially with their little baby daughter."
Jona McLean: "Sending love and prayers to the family and to the baby girl they left behind. My heart is aching for the family. Rest in peace."
Margot Sinclair Young: "So sad she will never know her parents' love. Such a waste of young lives."
Kyle Donnelly: "R.I.P. With the right people around I hope your daughter gets to live a fullfilled life for all three of you. My heart goes out. Far to soon."
Kelley Bulley: "May they R.I.P. My thoughts and condelences going out to the family and friends. My heart aches for them. Such a beautiful little girl they have. X"
Rebecca Emsley: "Rest in paradise. Your beautiful little girl will have you both as guardian angels to watch over her. My thoughts go out to the families and friends xx."
Wayne Russell: "Poor baby and parents. Man this hurts the old heart strings."
Del Bugkat: "My thoughts are with the familes of these two young lives that have been cut way to short. Love and hugs to little Melody xx"
Hayley Robins: "This is so heart breaking/gut wrenching. Thoughts, love and prayers go to both the girl and the families."