Keyra to be honoured at service on 15th anniversary of death

Treasa Steinhardt at the Keyra Stenhardt memorial at the North Rockhampton police station, as the 15th anniversary of Keyra's murder nears. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Treasa Steinhardt at the Keyra Stenhardt memorial at the North Rockhampton police station, as the 15th anniversary of Keyra's murder nears. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK280314skeyra1

TREASA Steinhardt still has the shoes she bought for her daughter the day she went missing.

Untouched, they sit in a box filled with precious memories of little Keyra and her life, one that was tragically cut short.

This month marks the 15 year anniversary of her murder.

Nine-year-old Keyra was abducted and killed in North Rockhampton on April 22, 1999 by serial killer Leonard John Fraser.

Speaking from Keyra's bedroom in her apartment last week, Treasa reflected on the emotional journey she has been through.

"It's very hard to put into words," she said.

"It was very hard to trust and love. My heart was empty for quite a long time. I had to heal myself and it took nearly 10 years to come back to Rockhampton."

Treasa said initially she feared going near the spot where Keyra was taken. That site is now the North Rockhampton police station and is marked by a plaque in memory of Keyra.

"It was really nerve wracking," she said.

"But now I'm really proud to go down that street and look at the police station and her plaque."

A memorial service for Keyra, who was also a beloved sister, will be held at the station on April 22. Treasa invites anyone and everyone who knew Keyra, or who wants to pay their respects, to come along.

"I would like the SES, the PCYC, anyone who helped to come," she said, "especially Keyra's fellow students. I would love to see what they have accomplished in their lives."

North Rockhampton police station Acting Senior Sergeant Wayne Mason, who was working the day Keyra was murdered, said it was important to remember and honour victims of crime.

Treasa said it was hard to believe Keyra had been gone for 15 years.

"It doesn't feel like it," she said. "I believe that I am still close to her. I can't hug her, I can't give her a kiss but I know she's here to say I love you."

REMEMBERING KEYRA

What: Memorial service marking 15 year anniversary of Keyra Steinhardt's murder

Where: North Rockhampton police station, Dean St

When: 10am, April 22



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