South East Wales

Nikitta Grender pink balloons tribute held in Newport

Nikitta Grender
Image caption Nikitta Grender, who was heavily pregnant with her daughter Kelsey-May, was found stabbed to death

Family and friends of Newport teenager Nikitta Grender have held a mass balloon launch as a tribute to her memory and that of her unborn daughter.

A crowd gathered outside the city's Riverfront Theatre to release scores of pink balloons on Saturday afternoon.

People across the city also released balloons in tribute to the 19-year-old.

The body of Ms Grender, who was two weeks from giving birth, was found in her burning flat in Liswerry. A man has been charged with murder

Her family has said her unborn baby had already been named Kelsey-May.

A message on a Facebook page set up in Ms Grender's memory thanked people for a "truly beautiful tribute" after people attended the balloon launch while others also let them go from their own garden.

  • Carl Whant, 26, from Bettws, Newport, has been charged with Ms Grender's murder. He is also charged with destruction of her unborn child. It is likely he will stand trial at Cardiff Crown Court at the start of October.

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