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Model, 23, killed in 'vicious attack' as man's body found nearby in 'murder-suicide'

The woman, named locally as Gracie Spinks, was found close to a farm in Duckmanton, Derbyshire, and two hours later a man in his 30s was discovered dead several fields away in a suspected murder-suicide

ByTim Hanlon, Chris Kitching Senior News Reporter & Nathan Warby

11:27, 19 JUN 2021Updated21:19, 19 JUN 2021

A keen horse rider and part-time model has died after being found injured in a field in a suspected murder-suicide.  The woman, named locally as Gracie Spinks, 23, was treated by paramedics close to a farm in the village of Duckmanton, Derbyshire, but they were unable to save her.  She was treated at 8.40am while a man in his 30s was found just over two hours later at around 11am, several fields away.  Gracie is understood to have been looking after her horse, called Paddy, when she was fatally injured, Derbyshire Live reported.  The incident led to the picturesque village going into lockdown with children at a primary school not allowed outside but by early afternoon police had said that the situation had been “resolved”.  Tributes have poured in for Gracie with friends saying her life revolved around horses and in particular her favourite Paddy, while she took part in show jumping and dressage.  A village resident told the Daily Mail: "The word locally is that this was a very vicious attack.  Gracie kept at least one horse on the land it is grazing land where a number of people have horses and there is a temporary stable.  As I understand it, Gracie was looking after her horse when she was attacked. It is just awful."

She reportedly was a part-time model and worked at a local e-commerce company.  Flowers were laid outside her family home and friends posted tributes on social media.  One pal wrote on Facebook: “Oh Gracie Spinks I don’t even know what to say. Heartbroken doesn’t even cut it.  You really were the life of the party, we made so many memories us four and I couldn’t be more grateful to know you.  Honestly sat here thinking of them is making me smile.  This world is so, so cruel and it’s really not fair. Rest in peace Gracie you will be so missed. Thinking of your family and friends.”

Another friend wrote: "Cannot even comprehend what has happened. Such a beautiful girl with a huge heart.  Rest in peace Gracie Spinks! You will always be the life and soul of a party. Sending a huge amount of love to all Gracie’s family and friends."

A third added: "Can’t believe it only seen you two days ago! Had a chat! This couldn’t have happened to a nicer person!!  Always supportive with everything I did! RIP Gracie Spinks my thoughts and condolences our to her family!"

Another friend described Gracie as "such a beautiful, kind & bubbly character who’s been taken far to soon".

The friend added: "Fly high sweet girl, sending love to all your family & friends at this heartbreaking time."

By Saturday afternoon, a GoFundMe page set up to help Ms Spinks’ family by Abbey Griffin, one of her friends, had raised more than £1,600.  Ms Griffin said: “Gracie was a beautiful girl at just 23 years old she had already touched so many people’s life and what gorgeous memories she leaves behind.  She was a caring and loving individual and was always happy to help. She was also so so stubborn and she’d always stand up for what was right.  If you knew Gracie you’d also know she was horsey mad and had the most gorgeous horse called Paddy whom she loved dearly.  Although no amount of money could ever bring Gracie back, I ask that you please donate what ever you can to help her family at this moment.  We all love you so dearly Gracie, behave up there.”

Ms Griffin also said she would be organising a balloon release from the Markham Vale business park, where Ms Spinks worked, on Monday June 28 to allow her friends to say their goodbyes.  Local residents told how they were left shocked and deeply upset.  One said: “The village was in shock, nobody could believe it. You had police coming and going, and all the rumours on Facebook. You didn’t know what to believe. Her poor family.”

A local business owner said: “You obviously hear all the rumours, but I was just hoping it wasn’t true. My heart goes out to them it really does."

Another resident said: “Its a terrible thing. I've lived here for years and I’ve never known anything like it. All I can think about is the family."

A Derbyshire police spokesman said it was believed the two deaths were linked and they were not looking for anyone else.  The force said in a statement: "Officers investigating the death of a woman in Duckmanton can now confirm that a body of a man was also found in the town and that we believe the two deaths are linked.  We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.  A woman was found injured in a field near to Staveley Road at around 8.40am. Paramedics attended and the woman, who was in her early 20s, sadly died at the scene.  At 11am, the body of a man in his mid-30s was found in a field off Tom Lane, Duckmanton.  We have traced and informed both families and specialist officers are supporting them at this time.  We appreciate that what has happened in Duckmanton will have shocked and upset many people in the community and officers will carry out extra patrols in the coming days.  We would urge you to stop and speak to an officer if you wish to raise any concerns.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact using the following methods quoting reference number 21*000338849."


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