/Teacher killed in double murder case a rock

Teacher killed in double murder case a rock

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Amy Appleton was an “incredible, dedicated teacher”, her family said

A primary school teacher found killed outside a house in West Sussex along with another woman has been described by her family as “a rock”.

Amy Appleton, 32, was found dead in her road – in Hazel Way, Crawley Down – on 22 December with Sandy Seagrave, 76.

Ms Appleton’s family said she was an “incredible, dedicated teacher” who would be missed by her school.

A 37-year-old man, who is currently on life support in hospital, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder.

In a statement, the family of Ms Appleton, who taught at the nearby Copthorne Church of England Junior School, said: “She was a rock for her family, a rock for her friends and most of all a rock for herself. Amy always thought of others before herself.

“Her light will always shine in our lives but a hole has been left with broken hearts.”

The arrested man, who was found seriously injured inside the house, is said to be critically ill at Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital.

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Sandy Seagrave was “not afraid of anything”, her family said

The family of Sandy Seagrave, who lived in Kiln Road, earlier paid tribute to her saying: “She was one of a kind, an eccentric character who was stubbornly independent, feisty, brave and not afraid of anything.

“She was devoted to children and especially animals, including a wild fox who we are continuing to feed now that she has gone.”

A double murder investigation was launched after police officers were called to the home shortly after at 10:00 GMT on 22 December.

A Sussex Police spokesman said one of the women was known to the suspect.

Police have not yet released details of how the two women died, but said it was not a knife attack.

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