THE family of the Bradley grandma who was stabbed to death by her son-in-law today spoke of their devastation, describing her as a "wonderful mum."
Carol Berry, 66, was stabbed to death at her home in Bradley Road, by Sebastian Mercante.
Former military man and body builder Mercante, 40, is believed to have jetted in from Spain to carry out the frenzied knife attack after an acrimonious split from Mrs Berry's daughter Claire Tootill.
The victim's 36-year-old son, joiner Andrew Field, was seriously injured as he tried to fend off the attack on his mother last Friday.
Mercante, originally from Argentina and who was reported to be a former French Foreign Legion member, then travelled 30 miles to a multi-storey car park in Hanover Street, Manchester, where he jumped to his death
from the eighth floor.
Detectives are not seeking anyone else in connection with the murder.
The family of Mrs Berry released a statement saying: "She was a wonderful mum who thrived on being a mother, nana and brilliant sister.
"She was a best friend to all of us. We are devastated by what has happened. We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and support during this terrible time."
See Thursday's Examiner for more on this story.