Mum-of-four ‘struggling after being furloughed from TK Maxx’ killed herself

The devastated family of a mum who hanged herself said she had been struggling after being furloughed.

Katrina Fuller’s body was found by her son at her home hours after she was dumped by her boyfriend at a children’s birthday party, an inquest heard.

She was taken from the property in Crawley, West Sussex to hospital in Redhill, Surrey, where she died on June 11.

Paying tribute to the 35-year-old, her mum and stepdad told the Sun she had gone through a tough year.

Her stepdad Steve Ball, 54, said she had found lockdown hard after being furloughed from her job at TK Maxx.

He said: “The Covid thing was doing her head in. First she was furloughed because they closed TK Maxx down.

"She was on furlough and stuck at home with the kids all day long because they shut the school down after that. She had a tough year.

“She didn’t like staying indoors. She wasn’t a teacher, she wasn’t able to do the home schooling.”

He described mum-of-four Katrina as the life and soul of the party and said nobody could understand why she did it.

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Her mum Pam, 55, described her as a beautiful girl and said she can’t get over it.

Assistant West Sussex coroner Sarah Clarke recorded a verdict of suicide at an inquest on Wednesday.

She told Katrina's ex-partner, her brother and father Terry: "It is the hardest part of any inquest, that you do not get the answers to the questions that you need to have closure.

"We know as much as we can about the circumstances. The truth is we may never have the answer to that question.”

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The coroner's clerk, John Halloran, read a statement which said Katrina's son was “hysterical” with grief after making the discovery.

Friends and family raised money online for her two youngest children.

They wrote: “She will be missed by so many people, she was always the life and soul of any party and lit up a room when she entered it.

"We all love her and will miss her deeply.

"This is such a sad time for everyone that knew her. She was an amazing, beautiful woman."

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