One year since Karina Lock was murdered by estranged husband
TODAY marks one year since the horrific murder of Maryborough's Karina Lock at the hands of her estranged husband, Steven.
The 49-year-old mother of four was brutally gunned down at a McDonalds restaurant.
The attack happened just three months before a domestic violence order taken out against Mr Lock was due to expire.
Ms Lock, 49, had made the decision to move, going from Maryborough to the Gold Coast in search of a new beginning.
She had agreed to meet her estranged husband in the car park of the McDonald's restaurant when he produced a hand gun.
Mr Lock followed his wife into the restaurant and shot her in the head before turning the gun on himself, in front of customers.
Ms Lock died almost instantly as a result of the severe head wound inflicted by her husband.
Stephen, who turned the gun on himself after shooting his wife, was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition and died surrounded by his family.
An outpouring of grief on the Fraser Coast greeted the sad news of Mrs Lock's death.
The devout Jehovah's Witness was a highly valued member of the Fraser Coast community, with many coming forward to share their memories of her in the wake of her death.
Maryborough Eisteddfod president Irene Smith told the Chronicle Ms Lock used to do catering for the event and would always ensure the volunteers were fed.
"She was a very giving person who gave her time to the Maryborough Eisteddfod," Ms Smith said.
"I was deeply shocked when I heard that she had suffered that dreadful fate."
Kelecia Schonrock, who lived and operated a hairdressing business in Puller St, said the family had regularly attended her salon.
She said Ms Lock as a "very nice, regular lady".
"She was a client for quite a few years," Ms Schonrock said.
"She loved her kids."
"He was quite normal as well."
Ms Schonrock said she was aware the couple were having problems, but never would have guessed that it would lead to Ms Lock's death. "I feel really sad for the kids," she said.