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THE mother of murdered schoolgirl Laura Kane wept yesterday as she said: "The light of my life has gone out."

Heartbroken Carol Kane, 37, speaking in public for the first time about her tragic loss, revealed that she has visited the house where her nine-year-old daughter's body was found. She left a teddy bear and a message.

Carol said: "I knew I had to go to that house, but it was very, very hard. I had to go there before I could even think of moving on with my life - it has helped get over one stage of the grieving."

Laura was found dead 10 days after going missing from her home at Penshaw, near Sunderland.

Carol says breaking the news to her six other children was "the hardest thing I will ever do." She went on: "I have only got through it because of the love of my other children and the kind thoughts of so many people.

"I have had cards and flowers from all over Britain and a bouquet even arrived from a family in Australia. It has made me realise how many good, kind people there are in the world."

Just a month ago, Carol told her youngest child that she had been named after Ricky Valance's 1960 hit song Tell Laura I Love Her.

The delighted youngster found the track on a CD and listened to it time and time again. It will be played at her funeral along with Angels by Robbie Williams.

Carol went to Laura's school and saw the story and picture tributes of her classmates.

"The very young ones each picked a daisy in her memory and laid them in her tray," she said. "Even now, when I know she is not coming back, I still half expect her to come walking through the door.

"I find myself smiling at little memories. I miss the way she always filled the house with her songs and music." Councillors have promised that the house at Murton, Co Durham, where Laura's body was discovered will be demolished.

Electrician Colin Bainbridge, 34, is in custody accused of her murder.
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Author:Key, Ian
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 11, 1999
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