MUM of-4, 35, HANGED herself ‘after struggling with furlough’ from TK Maxx job, her heartbroken family say

Katrina Fuller, 35, was found dead at home in Crawley, West Sussex, in June after having “a tough year,” her mum and stepdad said as they paid tribute to her.

Their tributes came after an inquest yesterday heard that Katrina had a blazing row over a bouncy castle with her boyfriend at a friend’s children’s birthday party – and later that evening took her own life.

Her stepfather Steve Ball told The Sun Online that Katrina was a “lovely person” who was the “life and soul of every party” and was “loved by many people”.

While her devastated mum Pam, 55, said: “She was a beautiful girl. I just love her, and well I just wish I was with her. I just can’t get over it, I can’t. 

“I lost my dad and friends you know and it’s completely different when it’s your own child.”

Steve said Katrina, who had been furloughed from her job as a sales assistant at TK Maxx, had been finding lockdown hard.

The 54-year-old said: “The Covid thing was doing her head in. 

“First she was furloughed because they closed TK Maxx down. 

“She was on furlough and stuck at home with the kids all day long because they shut the school down after that. She had a tough year.

“She didn’t like staying indoors. She wasn’t a teacher, she wasn’t able to do the home schooling.

“I think it added an extra element.”

On Tuesday an inquest heard that during a friend’s daughter’s birthday party, there was an “incident” on the bouncy castle which led to the Katrina and her boyfriend splitting up.

The court heard how her partner had stormed off to stay at his sister’s house when the mother-of-four phoned him to tell him “she would do something stupid” before hanging up.

In a panic, the boyfriend telephoned Katrina’s son and asked him to “keep an eye” on his mother at her home in Crawley, fearing she would carry out her threat.

The coroner’s clerk John Halloran told the inquest that Katrina’s son then tragically found her, becoming “hysterical” with grief.

Stepdad Steve said: “I literally came out and got in the car and drove straight there with Pam, we were still in our pyjamas.”

Earlier in the evening, Katrina had gone up to the loft and tearfully looked at old photos, birthday cards and drawings by her children with her eldest son.

Steve said: “Her son said it was the best day I spent with mum, they were looking at birthday cards, drawings the kids had done all stored in the loft.”

Paying tribute to his stepdaughter, Steve said: “She was loved by so many people, absolutely adored I’m not kidding you, she was a lovely girl and life and soul of every party.

“Nobody can understand why she did it, nobody can.