Rape, murder charges over Zoe’s death
A man has been charged with rape and murder over the death of north-east schoolgirl, Zoe.
The 11-year-old was found dead at her home on Inchbold Street on Sunday morning.
A Mildura man, 29, has been under police guard in a psychiatric ward since the gruesome discovery.
He was last night charged with one count each of murder, sexual penetration of a child, and committing an indecent act with a child.
He’s been remanded in custody to return to court in Wangaratta this morning.
There has been an outpouring of grief for Zoe, including a vigil of more than 500 people on Tuesday night.
A town fair will be held on November 20 to raise money to support Zoe’s family.
In a statement released yesterday, Zoe’s family thanked emergency services and the community for their support.
Zoe’s family would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Wangaratta Police, the Homicide Squad and Paramedics who attended the scene.
Their continuing support during this terrible time in our lives has just been extraordinary.
We are overwhelmed by the community support and would like to say a huge thank you to those who organised and attended the candlelight vigil at the park that Zoe always enjoyed playing at.
We are so very touched and thankful for all the personal messages and tributes and for the concern which has been shown for the wellbeing of the family.
Zoe’s mother would like to personally thank all who have stood by her.
The family now wish to ask for complete privacy during this time and request you allow us to grieve privately over our beautiful little girl, Zoe.