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Hope that Jayde Kendall tragedy keeps other children safe

Jayde's friends and fellow students at the Lockyer Valley District High School have set up a memorial.
Jayde's friends and fellow students at the Lockyer Valley District High School have set up a memorial. Bev Lacey

EDITORIAL: NO ONE should have to go through the anguish and torment felt by Jayde Kendall's family.

The Lockyer Valley teen went missing for two weeks before she was found murdered, her body dumped by the side of a road.

Her family, friends and the Gatton community will never be the same again. Such a loss is impossible to get over.

But through the grief and darkness, there is a small glimmer of hope.

Jayde's death has caused Lockyer Valley families to reflect and act on the safety of their children.

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They are now more aware of the fact that tragedy could strike any child at any time.

Pastor John Haigh told us that after Jayde's death, many parents had changed their working hours so they could pick up their children from school.

Jayde will never be replaced.

Her family and friends will forever feel the grief and horror of losing a loved one in such horrible circumstances.

But they may find some hope in the fact that Jayde's death could help keep countless other Lockyer Valley children safe.

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