The sister of a “bubbly, kind and funny” nurse described how “all I do is cry” after she killed herself while fearing her account of domestic violence would be disbelieved.
Alexandra Reid, from Liverpool, was found dead on February 24, leaving her family devastated.
A recent inquest into the 30-year-old’s death ruled Alexandra took her own life after reporting allegations of domestic abuse, and had feared no one would believe her.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo about the difference Alexandra made to people’s lives, Katy Reid said her sister was “loved by everyone”.
Katy said: “I don’t know anyone who didn’t like her. Everyone’s just really heartbroken that it’s happened.
“She was good to all her friends and always there for them no matter what.
“Even if they rang her in the middle of the night, she would go and have a cup of tea with them, she was that kind of person.”
Katy, 36, said her younger sister Alexandra always had ambitions of being a nurse and wanted to care for others.
Working as a community nurse, her job saw her make meaningful connections with her patients and she grew to have long relationships with some of them.
Katy said: “She loved her job.
“She sort of followed me because I’m a nurse, there’s five years between us. I became a nurse and she followed in my footsteps really.
“She really took time for her patients and got to know them.
“She had long-term patients as well and she really got to know them. She would get cards and presents from them because of the way she was with them.”
Katy added Alexandra was very close with her uncles, Paul and Chris Reid, as well as her grandfather, Jim Reid, who were all “so proud” of her when she qualified as a nurse.
During Alexandra’s inquest, Area coroner for Liverpool and Wirral, Anita Bhardwaj, asked the family about Alexandra and the court heard how she would often take the time to buy her patients groceries and go “above and beyond for them”.
Away from work, Katy said the pair enjoyed holidays together, would always text and were very close.
She said: “We had loads of holidays together and me and her had a few trips away together. She just had really good banter and she was really witty, she was dead dry and always had a good comeback.
“Her taste in music would always have you laughing as well, she would go from listening to something in the 1940s to rap where she would know every single word of it.
“Honestly she would have you laughing your head off and she could always cheer you up if you were down.”
Gerard Majella courthouse also heard touching tributes to Alexandra, as Katy and her mum, Annette Leonard, were urged to remember happier times with Alexandra.
Speaking in the inquest, Annette said: “She was funny, she was really funny. And she was kind and generous.
“She was loved by everyone who knew her.
“She meant the world to us and she made a difference to everyone’s lives that she touched.”
Katie added: “She was a brilliant nurse. She was really intelligent and she was kind, she was such a bubbly person.”
As well as Katy and Annette, the family said Alexandra’s death had “devastated” her uncles and granddad.
During Alexandra’s inquest it was alleged she was suffering from emotional, physical and financial abuse.
Ms Bhardwaj said Alexandra “undoubtedly intended” to take her own life because of this alleged abuse and over fears police officers would be told false allegations about her.
The court was told a police investigation had taken place and a man had pleaded not guilty to assault charges.
As the family try and come to terms with their loss, Katy spoke about how much she has missed her best friend since.
She said: “It’s been horrendous, it’s been absolutely horrendous.
“I’m absolutely devastated and so is my mum. There’s days where all I do is cry, I just miss her. It’s been hard to try and carry on without her, she was my go-to person and we’d speak to each other all the time.
“We’d text each other, then we’d be in each other’s houses for a cup tea.
“Our lives won’t be the same without her, my life will never be the same without her, my mum’s life will never be the same. I can’t tell you how heartbroken I am, it’s hard to function without her.”
Speaking about mental health and seeking support, Katy said: “It’s so important to talk to someone. You’re not on your own and there are people out there who can help you.
“Even if you think anything at all about your partner you can speak to people.
“It can happen to anyone, in any walk of life. “