Gemma will never be forgotten - brother

GEMMA Adams' grieving brother today paid tribute to his “kind hearted” and “fun loving” sister and said her death has left a hole in his family which can never be filled.

GEMMA Adams' grieving brother today paid tribute to his “kind hearted” and “fun loving” sister and said her death has left a hole in his family which can never be filled.

Jack Adams, 20, said he had been touched by the comments of people who had left tributes to Gemma on The Evening Star's website and wanted people to know how he remembered his older sister.

He said: “The Gemma that I remember, and the Gemma that will stay in my and my whole family's hearts for the rest of our lives, is a kind hearted, fun loving, cheeky, humorous Gemma and not the Gemma that has been widely portrayed across the media which has been a result of drugs and the massive hold it can and does take.

“She always wanted to help and improve the lives of others around her and she'd always put everybody else first.”

Tributes to the murdered 25-year-old, of Blenheim Road, Ipswich, have flooded in to the Star since her body was discovered in Hintlesham on Saturday.

Gemma disappeared in the early hours of Wednesday, November 15 from the West End Road area of Ipswich where she had been working as a prostitute.

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Her friend, and fellow vice girl, Tania Nicol, 19, remains missing.

Many have spoken of their sadness at the news of Gemma's death and sent their condolences to her family.

Mr Adams added: “I have read and been touched by all of the comments that have been left on the tribute page that has been dedicated to Gemma.

“She was a beautiful young woman with her whole life ahead of her. There is now a massive hole in our family which will never be filled.

“Gem, you will never be forgotten, I know you're in a better place now and I will always love you.”

Gemma grew up in Kesgrave, attending Heath primary School and later Kesgrave High School.

Her grandfather Roy Adams is believed to have been a police inspector and the family are well-known in the town.

The community has reacted with shock at the news of Gemma's murder and neighbours of her parents, in Edmonton Road, have been left stunned and saddened by the news.

Described as “a lovely family” by residents in the street, many said they did not know Gemma but their thoughts were with her parents, brother and sister.

Sue Bowditch, headteacher at Heath Primary School in Kesgrave where Gemma was a pupil in the 1980s, said the school wished to offer its condolences to Gemma's family.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this awful time,” she said.

“While not knowing her personally we are thinking of her because of her connection with the school,” she added.

Gemma worked for a motor insurance company in Ipswich until about two years ago and prior to that is said to have worked with her mum at a beauticians.

To pay your tribute to Gemma Adams visit www.eveningstar.co.uk

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