Town 'brought closer together' by homicide tragedy
BUSINESSES in the sleepy village of Tumbulgum say the horrific and suspected murder of Sabrina Bremer has brought the community closer together.
Staff from The Bearded Baker cafe, directly across from Dulguigan where she was found burned to death on Thursday morning, said the story had emotionally overwhelmed locals but not slowed down trade.
"I don't think it will have a negative impact on business, but being a small town it is bringing everyone closer together," said barista Nicole Kendall.
Barista Cody Dyet said some residents received visits from homicide detectives knocking on doors around the region today.
"It will be a real shock if she (the victim) was a local, we all just really hope they find the person responsible," Ms Dyet said.
Prominent Tweed Shire resident and former Tweed Mayor Max Boyd has called for community unity.
"Without a doubt this is one of the most horrifying thing that's ever occurred in Dulguigan and the Tweed Valley," he said.
"I drive past that road all the time and it's just beyond belief something like that would happen in in such a little, rural country road like that.
"The Dulguigan area had a number of homes tucked away and people have moved here for peace and quiet - I'm sure every one of them would all be as upset as I am this horrible murder would happen here.
"I think we should give strength to one another at this time to help us all to get over this, together."
Pollards Rd resident Christie, who wishes not to use her last name, said she had not slept overnight, haunted by the homicide investigations and TV choppers descending on the village overnight.
"It's absolutely horrific, I'm totally shocked by it because it is a very quiet area which is why perhaps it was chosen," she said.
"There's a lot the locals know which the police have not released."
Christie was moved to tears as she spoke of the crime scene, which hard to miss on the narrow, unsealed road.
"I just want then to take it away, all of it ... the tree ... because you can't imagine what someone has gone through," she said.
Des Gilroy, a long-time resident of Pollards Rd where the corpse was found still alight, said the street of tight-knit residents was in mourning.
"Of course you're shocked because it's such a quiet area you live in," he said.
"You drive down the road and think you could have been involved in some way, especially with all these home invasions.
"It's just so shocking because it's such a beautiful place.
"My other half was thinking about selling up because of this - you've got to drive past it every day."