Mother killed while saving daughter from Christmas stabbing

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A U.K. mother, Jayne Reat, 43, of Belfast, died Christmas Day while saving the life of her daughter during a stabbing, which left the woman fatally wounded in her child’s arms.

The daughter, 21-year-old Charlotte, recalled the tragic incident in a heartbreaking Facebook post:

“I will never forget as my mum was murdered in front of my eyes and then later died in my arms. I can still feel her in my arms and hear her screams of pain and see the panic on her face. My mum died saving me. I was stabbed twice in the head once in my face and once to the back of my neck. Jayne Toal Reat you died saving my life and I wish could trade places with you. I promise I will get you justice!”

The mother and daughter were each stabbed several times at a Christmas party in Lisburn, Belfast. Ambulance crews and police officers attempted emergency resuscitation on the injured at 6 a.m. local time on Christmas morning. Along with Charlotte, three others were evacuated to Royal Victoria Hospital with possible stab wounds.

It is still unclear what sparked the apparent brawl but police have launched a murder investigation. On Monday, they arrested a possible 19-year-old male suspect.

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