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Mum is laid to rest without seeing justice

PUBLISHED: 12:48 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:36 25 August 2010

NEARLY 100 mourners attended the funeral of a mother who died 15 years after her sixteen year old daughter was brutally stabbed to death in an alleyway.

NEARLY 100 mourners attended the funeral of a mother who died 15 years after her sixteen year old daughter was brutally stabbed to death in an alleyway.

Family and friends of Lin Tiltman, 56, of Woodward Terrace, Greenhithe, including husband Cliff, paid their final respects at a service at Eltham Crematorium on Monday.

Mrs Tiltman, who died without seeing her daughter Claire's killer brought to justice, lost her six-month fight against throat cancer at Darent Valley Hospital on March 7.

Cliff Tiltman said: "I was overwhelmed with all of the support, messages and flowers on the day for Lin, it meant it was the best send off we could give her. I just want to say thank you to every one that came. It meant to a lot, and it would have meant a lot to Linda.

"As well as lots of family and friends, the police that worked on Claire's case were there, which I thought was wonderful, they had come a long way to pay their respects."

During the moving service You Raise Me Up by Westlife and Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh were played. Afterwards, mourners went on to the British Legion Club in Greenhithe, where Lin and Cliff were regulars.

Lin was originally from Abbey Wood, and met Cliff while on holiday in Margate. The couple then moved to Plumstead Common and married in 1972. After their daughter Claire was born the couple moved to Woodward Terrace.

Tragedy struck in 1993 when their daughter, who was 16, was stabbed to death in an alleyway as she took a shortcut home.

No one has yet been charged with her murder.

Mr Tiltman said: "I will never get over losing Lin, just like I will never get over losing Claire. I knew Linda for 40 years, I guess it is just something you just learn to live with now.

"I still think that she would never have got the disease if Claire hadn't been killed, the stress of it really took its affect on her.

"I just keep hold of the fact that she is up there with our Claire now, looking down on me."

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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