Community sing praises of police, think of Shandee's family
THE Mackay community is this afternoon singing the praises of the police and sending thoughts to Shandee Blackburn's family.
A 32-year-old Mackay man was today arrested and charged with the murder of the 23-year-old.
Detective Inspector Karyn Murphy said the arrest was due to plenty of hard work.
"The arrest is the culmination of a protracted investigation conducted by police from the Mackay Criminal Investigation Branch and the State Crime Command's Homicide Investigation Unit and I would like to thank them for their commitment to this investigation," she said.
Mackay locals have also congratulated police.
"Well done to all involved!!! Such awesome news. Still a long ways to go... but a great place to start," Kelly Abell said.
"I was only thinking today about her and I wondered how long it will be until they find the person. What fantastic news,"
Megan MacMillan Humphreys also applauded.
Other locals are sending kind thoughts to Shandee's family who are currently dealing with the news.
"Won't bring this lovely young woman back, but hopefully her family and friends can get some justice for her," Julie Zeus said.
Rose Sherwell also sent thoughts to the family.
"Such a relief for the family," she said.