While news feeds are flooded with stories about Karen Ristevski – the Melbourne mum whose remains were discovered partially buried in Mount Macedon bushland on Monday – there’s one person I can’t stop thinking about.
Sarah Ristevski. Karen’s 21-year-old daughter.
While speculation swirls around who killed the Avondale Heights woman, and the media carefully poise cameras out the front of the Ristevski family home, Sarah is behind the door, shielding herself from the whirring lights – invisibly grieving the mother who raised her.
Our news story is Sarah Ristevski's life. One that, before June 29 last year, was quiet; the life of any ordinary university student with a mum and a dad and a house in the suburbs. A life that spanned years of buttered sandwiches, school reports, grazed knees, sleepy Christmas mornings and love.