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Murdered Melbourne mum’s two sons pay tribute

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The sons of murdered Melbourne woman Maud Steenbeek have paid tribute to their mother and say they have no animosity towards the man accused of her murder.

The sons of murdered Melbourne woman Maud Steenbeek have paid tribute to their mother and say they have no animosity towards the man accused of her murder.

In an open letter, Luke and Adam labelled their mum "the most wonderful, strong, independent, loving mother and woman we ever had the privilege of knowing".

Ms Steenbeek was killed in her Heidelberg West home on Tuesday, after a man, 28, allegedly broke in and attacked her.

The boys said they were "saddened" that the "city we live in has so many drug addicted and mentally impaired souls falling in-between the cracks of our system".

However, they added they didn't feel "hate and anger in this moment" as it was not how their mother had raised them, with Ms Steenbeek reminding them to always "see the bigger picture and find compassion".

Ms Steenbeek was allegedly murdered while she was on a Skype call with family, with the relative alerting the 61-year-old's son after they noticed a body move behind her before the connection was suddenly cut short.

Her neighbour, Xochil O'Neill, was arrested a short time later.

Luke and Adam's letter in full:

Dear Mum,

You were the most wonderful, strong, independent, loving mother and woman we ever had the privilege of knowing. You gave us strength when we were weak, you gave us guidance when we were lost, you showed us love when we felt hatred.

We are truly empty without your presence but your strength and spirit will keep us all United and together forever. It is with a heavy heart writing this that we know you would want us to see this tragedy from all angles.

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It saddens us that the city we live in has so many drug addicted and mentally impaired souls falling in-between the cracks of our system, never receiving the proper treatment they need to be balanced members of a broken society. It would be easy for us to feel hate and anger in this moment, but we know you would remind us to always try and see the bigger picture and find compassion for the offender as he is just a 'lost soul trying to find his way'.

We will hold you close in our hearts forever Mum and love you more than we could ever express.

Your sons Luke and Adam and loyal dog Buddha xox

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/murdered-mum-son-letter-final-words/a52767a7-a6bf-4ada-8571-51438ba84144

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