Friends’ quest to raise money for slain mum’s little boy
ELLIE Price's four-year-old son Mostafa has been left without a mother - but a grieving family friend hopes to ensure the little boy won't also be left without a future.
Matthew Barr, who grew up at Rokeby near Ms Price's family, has launched a GoFundMe page with the aim of starting a trust fund for Mostafa.
The body of Mostafa's mother, 26-year-old Ms Price, was tragically discovered in her South Melbourne apartment last week.
A national manhunt is underway to locate her fugitive boyfriend Ricardo Barbaro, who has links to a well-known mafia family.
Mostafa now lives with Ms Price's mother, Tracey Gangell, near Sorell.
"Unfortunately a little boy has lost his mum," Mr Barr told the Mercury.
"She loved her little boy and doted over him. This is about his future."
Mr Barr said the community of Rokeby, where Ms Price grew up and enjoyed her youth riding horses and presenting them at equestrian shows, was "devastated" by news of her death.
"I knew her from when she was born," he said, adding he'd grown up with Ms Gangell.
"She was brought up in a loving family. She was a beautiful girl, she had her whole life ahead of her."
He said Ms Price would often go horseriding on the country block of her childhood father figure Athol Tollard, who was murdered in 2004 - 16 years to the date the young mother's body was found.
Mr Barr described Ms Price as "friendly, funny" and as a young woman who loved to laugh.
"She had a heart of gold - she would do absolutely anything for anybody," he said.
The campaign for Mostafa comes as Ms Price's cousin, Rebecca Lehner, has so far raised more than $3700 to repatriate the young woman's body, so she can be laid to rest at home in Tasmania.
Mr Barr said if the current COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in time, Ms Price's community would turn out in droves to farewell the "very popular" young mother, who hoped to become a beautician.
"It will be a huge funeral if that's allowed," he said.
"She was a young mum who tried her best to try to create a future for her son."
To donate to Mostafa's trust fund, visit www.gofundme.com/f/justiceforellie
To donate to Ms Price's repatriation, visit this page.
Originally published as Friends' quest to raise money for slain mum's little boy