Family of Caroline Everest pay tribute to their daughter and say she is now ‘dancing through eternity’

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The heartbroken family of tragic Caroline Everest say their daughter is now ‘dancing through eternity’.

Police have also ruled out that her death was caused by another person. The 18-year-old’s body was discovered in the Porter Brook river on Summerfield Street, Sharrow, on November 24.

She was reported missing when she did not return home to her city centre student flat after leaving the Corporation nightclub on Sunday, November 22.

Caroline – known as Carrie by dad Chris Everest, mum Val Harding, family and friends – has been remembered as a ‘treasured, perfect daughter.’

Officers are continuing to work to establish the precise circumstances leading to the Sheffield Hallam University student’s death. Her family, from Walkley, have given thanks for the ‘overwhelming’ support they have received since the death of their ‘little star’.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for all the tremendous support we have received during this difficult time. It has been fundamentally every parent’s nightmare,” they said.

They said Caroline, who was a keen dancer, was ‘now dancing through eternity’ and added: “Fly high little star.”

Her family said she ‘was a thoughtful girl and she cared deeply about her friends and family’.

They added: “She tried so hard to organise her life and the things she wanted to do.

“She was a young woman with such a strong appetite for living and participating in everything she did. Her friends, colleagues, fellow students, all appreciated her willingness to help others, to do everything she could do to make a difference.”

Caroline began dancing with the City Limits dance centre at fours year old. Her parents said ‘she loved every style of dance’ and had been in training for competitive ballroom at the time of her death.

She was also a budding actress and had taken part in the Walkley Ebenezer Amateur Dramatics Society annual pantomime, which she had been involved in for the last five years.

Her family said that ‘warm-hearted’ Caroline made an impact on everyone she had ever met.

“The response to her death – the cards, messages and memories people have shared with us has been overwhelming and her friends on social media have been a great comfort to us in our hour of need.

“For her mum and dad, for her brother and sister, for the extended family of which she was so integral a part, there is a deep sense of loss that is so very, very painful. Caroline gave us so much pleasure and she was so loved, so treasured, that we will carry her memory with us every minute of every day for the rest of our lives.

“Carrie was a very precious young woman, enthusiastic and caring, loving and genuine.

“She was always thinking of others and how she could help them.

“Her radiant smile, marvellous sense of humour and warm-hearted nature made her the perfect daughter, a girl who had so much to give and so much to live for.”