FRIENDS of a devoted mother who was murdered at home in Wrexham a year ago are hoping to hold a special tribute.

In the early hours of February 8, Leah Ingham – aged 25 and mother of a son and daughter aged four and two – was found dead at Montgomery Road, Caia Park.

Leah’s friends are hoping to arrange a special gathering marking the tragic anniversary, where they can meet and remember the caring young woman who is dearly missed.

Among them is Amanda Griffiths, who lived close to Leah in Spring Lodge.

Amanda said: “We would like to get as many people who knew Leah together and maybe arrange for Chinese lanterns to be lit in her memory.

“It is something which some of us are trying to arrange at the moment. Leah’s death is still such a shock to so many people. When I look down Montgomery Road I find myself still expecting to see her.”

Another friend of Leah’s was Leanne George. The two grew up together in Ruabon.
Leanne, who now lives in Rhos, said: “I can still remember the feelings when I found out that Leah had been killed. I was absolutely devastated.

“I have got young children myself and that emphasises the loss even more. Leah loved her kids. I think about her regularly and of course with the anniversary of her death that feeling is heightened.”

Leanne was a driving force behind a number of fundraising activities to raise money for Leah’s children and said there had been a massive response throughout the community, showing how deeply so many people had been affected.

“In a short space of time we raised about £2,000. There were a series of events including football, dartathon, sponsored walk and collection boxes. The contribution of everyone who took part and all those who donated was really appreciated,” said Leanne.

“One year on, people are still logging on to the Facebook page set up in tribute to Leah and leaving messages expressing how deeply she is missed.

“After we had grown up I didn’t see Leah as much. But whenever we bumped into each other in Wrexham we would always say hello, she was friendly and kind.”

- Leah’s partner, 41-year-old Brian Buckley, was jailed for life in August at Mold Crown Court for her murder.