Marsha McDonnell was just 19 years old when killer Levi Bellfield bludgeoned her to death with a hammer as she was walking home from a movie with friends
The family of a teenage student who was beaten to death by Levi Bellfield has branded his marriage proposal in prison as a pathological form of “attention seeking.”
Marsha McDonnell, 19, was hit in the head by the monster with a hammer while walking home from a movie with friends in February 2003.
She was found yards from her home in Hampton, south west London, and spent two days in hospital before succumbing to horrific brain injuries.
Older sister Nathalie, 41, said: “You have to make a decision to get upset by every little thing he does or just live your life and tune him out.
“He won’t even care that Marsha can never get married. He robbed her of a future.
“We can’t begin to think it’s sad because she won’t be getting married. We’ve done it all, we’ve lived it every day since it happened 19 years ago.
“We did the healing and accepted that she will have no family. That’s all you can do. We live our lives like she wants us to live our best lives.”
An autopsy revealed that Marsha, an avid netball player and talented violinist, had suffered multiple skull fractures and brain hemorrhages.
Father Phil, 72, told us: “He can burn in hell for me.
“There are many ways I would have liked to have gotten my hands on him for what he did to my daughter.”
Marsha’s parents still live at their childhood home in Hampton.
Her mother, Ute, said her daughter was “always willing to help” and “had everything for her.”
She said: “She had a quiet confidence. She knew who she was. We all miss that.”
Marsha led her netball team to five consecutive wins and made monthly donations to Battersea Dogs Home.
She worked part-time in a gift shop in Kingston to save money to be able to travel at the time of her death.
Ute, 66, said she “ignores Bellfield’s numerous attempts to garner attention.”
She said: “We know what Bellfield is like and we ignore it.
“We have to live our lives. I will not give him oxygen.”
Ute added that she wasn’t surprised that Bellfield found a fiancée because “there are women who go for it.”
She added, “The judge said, ‘You’re going to come out in a box if you can grasp that in the simplicity of your brain.’ What’s he going to do, he’s going to think, ‘How can I make my life interesting now?’
“And unfortunately, there are women who are drawn to that kind of drama.”
Marsha was on a gap year before starting university after graduating from high school and was planning a trip to Australia when she was killed.
After her murder, a music therapy room at the local Shooting Star Children’s Hospice was named after her to commemorate her love for children and music.
The Sunday People have made a donation to the Shooting Star charity at the family’s request.
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