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Families of couple killed by car while walking dogs ‘forever heartbroken’

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<p>The families of a Brisbane couple killed by an allegedly stolen car while walking their dogs on Australia Day, have issued a statement.</p>

The "forever heartbroken" families of a Queensland couple killed by an allegedly stolen car while walking their dogs on Australia Day have revealed the name of their unborn child.

Parents-to-be Katherine Jane Leadbetter, 31, and her partner Matthew Philip Field, 37, died when they were struck by the 4WD as it allegedly sped through a red light at Finucane Road and Vienna Road in Alexandra Hills on Tuesday night.

A teenage boy has been charged with two counts of murder.

The couple were expecting a child together.

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Ms Leadbetter, an interior stylist, was six months pregnant at the time of the crash.

Today, their families revealed the couple planned to name their unborn son Miles.

"There is a nursery created by Kate and Matt, with care and love and anticipation, that our grandson Miles will never occupy," they said in a video statement released by police.

The families thanked police for their support, along with members of the community, mourners and their friends and family.

Particular thanks went to those who helped search for the couple's missing dog, Frankie, who had fled after the crash.

She was found on Wednesday and taken to the vet.

"Our lives have been shattered," the families said.

"To have lost three cherished members of our families in such a senseless and sudden way is beyond our comprehension.

"For us, to sit here today without our beautiful son Matt and darling daughter Kate, is unbearable."

The families acknowledged the widespread community support that was helping them navigate their new reality, saying many people who suffered similar grief did not receive the same publicity.

"All children are precious and wonderful in the eyes of their families, but Matt and Kate were truly great human beings," the families said.

"Kate, Matt, and little Miles – we love you, we miss you, we are forever heartbroken."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/alexandra-hills-crash-families-matthew-field-katherine-leadbetter-issue-statement/1779caaa-ca91-497a-8445-91dc3e7481c3

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