06/10/2022

Friends of two teenagers shot dead in SA in an alleged double murder have remembered the young couple for their “infectious happiness”, and say they have been left “completely heartbroken” by the loss.

Tributes are continuing to flow for a teenage couple shot dead in an alleged double murder in South Australia’s south-east at the weekend, with friends saying they have been left “heartbroken” by the loss.
Key points:

  • Friends of Chelsea Ireland and boyfriend Lukasz have paid emotional tributes
  • The young couple was shot dead in South Australia’s south-east on Saturday
  • A 46-year-old man has been charged with two counts of murder

Chelsea Ireland and boyfriend Lukasz, both aged 19, were attending a property at Mount McIntyre near Millicent in the state’s south-east when they were killed on Saturday night.
A 46-year-old man has been charged with two counts of murder, with police continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident.
While Lukasz’s surname cannot be revealed for legal reasons, the couple is now able to be identified after the terms of a suppression order relating to their alleged killer were revised.
Friends of the couple have taken to social media to pay their respects and tributes.
“The ongoing legacy of friendships and love that [Chelsea] and Lukasz left will not be forgotten,” one friend wrote.
“So blessed to have known you both.
“Gone way too soon but the infectious happiness you both radiated will live on.”
Lukasz and girlfriend Chelsea Ireland at a formal event.(Instagram)
Another friend wrote that she was “completely heartbroken” by the deaths.
“It feels impossible to find the words to express how much you made an impact on people’s lives,” she said.
Ms Ireland was dedicated to charitable causes, volunteering for Puddle Jumpers, a group which helps vulnerable children and young people.
“She had such great aspirations for making the world a better place and it’s such a great loss for the community as well,” CEO Melanie Tait said.
“She was very selfless and dedicated and very compassionate and caring towards other people and certainly to children.”
Chelsea Ireland and boyfriend Lukasz were keen travellers.(Facebook)
In 2016, Ms Ireland was interviewed by the ABC after she cut her hair when she was a student at St Mary’s College and raised $1,000 to help a cancer patient.
Ms Ireland had since started a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Adelaide and worked at Bakers Delight.
St Mary’s College principal Clare Nocka said the community was reeling from the tragedy.
“Our St Mary’s College community is shocked and devastated to learn of the tragic death of old scholar, Chelsea,” Ms Nocka said.
“The staff community remembers Chelsea as a bright and engaged young woman who was connected with her community and embraced all elements of school life.
Chelsea Ireland was studying mechanical engineering at the University of Adelaide.(Facebook)
“Our thoughts and prayers go to Chelsea’s family and friends.
“We are also thinking of and praying for Lukasz, his family and friends, and the broader Christian Brothers College (CBC) community.”
Friends and family ‘united in grief’
Lukasz, nicknamed Wu, completed his studies at CBC and was studying journalism at the University of South Australia (UniSA).
“Never thought I’d be writing this,” one friend wrote online.
“Absolutely speechless from pulling me through group oral presentations, waiting for that substitute teacher to mispronounce your name and getting on the beers for the first time, [these are] memories that will live with me forever.
“You may be gone but you are not forgotten. RIP big Wu.”
CBC principal Daniel Lynch said the school was still coming to terms with the news.
“Our CBC community is devastated to learn of the tragic passing of old scholar, Lukasz,” Mr Lynch said.
“Students from the class of 2018 have rallied together to support each other as they grieve over the loss of their ‘brother’.
“We will be reaching out to them in the days ahead to provide an opportunity for them to share their memories and stories of Lukasz, and in particular his love for his friends and for his school.”
Lukasz was studying journalism at the University of South Australia.(Facebook)
He said the entire school community’s thoughts and prayers were with both families.
“We are also thinking of and praying for Chelsea, her family and friends, and the broader St Mary’s community, united in grief at this tragic time,” Mr Lynch said.
Another friend of Lukasz thanked him for his friendship and support.
“Everyone just take a second to make sure your mates know you love them because you never know when it can be too late to tell them again,” he said.