A GRIEVING woman is facing a bleak Christmas with her young grandson.
Mrs Maire Alderton has to face the festive season with five-year-old Freddy, knowing that her daughter and Freddy's mother, Anneli, is one of the victims of the Suffolk serial killer.
Anneli Alderton is one of the five prostitutes whose bodies have found in the space of 10 days.
Mrs Alderton, 49, has cared for her grandson for the past few years, with her daughter in and out of prison.
But she is now distraught at the prospect of Christmas.
Heartbroken Maire said: "He's so excited about Christmas. He thinks all this activity is to do with that.
"I've tried talking to him about what has happened. But it doesn't even make sense to me yet.
"It's all too much to take in. I've not slept and just keep thinking, `Why us?'"
The former teacher who used to live in Almondbury had the terrible job of identifying 24-year-old Anneli's body after it was found dumped in woods on the outskirts of Ipswich on Sunday.
She said: "I still can't quite believe what has happened.
"Anneli was a lovely, bright, intelligent girl and I just loved her so much.
"I am trying to hold things together as well as grieve for her."
She and her partner Tim run a grocery shop in Harwich, Essex.
A neighbour said: "I used to see Anneli taking the boy to school. He is such a lovely, lively, little chap, a real angel.
"Like any other boy his age, Freddy knows Christmas is around the corner and cannot wait. The reality is all so tragic."
Anneli's aunt Francesca Molloy said: "Any loss of life is terrible, whoever it is and however they die.
"I won't go into the whys and wherefores of what she did. But nobody deserves to die in that way."
And the dead woman's stepsister has told how she believed Anneli would not have died without a fight.
Jane Lowe told journalists she was convinced the murderer is someone well-known to Ipswich's prostitutes.
Ms Lowe, 25, said: "She wouldn't have gone down without a fight.
"I can't imagine what she had to go through.
"I honestly think he must be someone who knows them and is somebody they trust.
"My step sister was not an idiot. She would never have got into a car with someone she didn't know.
"This person not only knows these girls but is a regular that in the past has been trustworthy and now for whatever reason is striking back at them.
"I really hope they catch him before he gets any more girls."
Anneli's body was found at Nacton, near Ipswich. She was the third victim to be discovered.
She had moved south after several years in Huddersfield, where she lived in Primrose Hill, Marsden and the town centre.
Her family remembered her as a beautiful, fun-loving woman and devoted young mother.
They said she had once hoped to be a model but drifted into a life descended into a nightmare mix of hard drugs, prison, prostitution and murder.
Ms Lowe said: "Step-sisters have their ups and downs but we kept in contact when she was in and out of Ipswich.
"She was very bright, very intelligent. She made you laugh. She was quite cheeky as a teenager. She was a really nice person.
"She fell into the wrong crowd not long after her dad died. If you're vulnerable, upset and grieving and if you fall into the wrong crowd you take a different path in life.
"She fell into this path of life not through any choice of their own. She shouldn't have been punished for it."
Ms Lowe's mum Christine and Anneli's dad Roy became a couple in 1995 and Anneli and her new step-sister grew up together as teenagers.
They had spoken about Anneli's decision to begin working as a prostitute and Anni, as she was known to friends, was aware of the dangers.