A young dancer was stabbed to death by her boyfriend after arguing about a holiday she was going on without him, her devastated parents have said.
Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, 22, was killed by Ben Green, 41, at his home in Kettering, Northants. before he stabbed himself to death in August.
Mum Rachel said Maddie and Ben had been arguing about her upcoming holiday she was going on the following week without him.
Speaking about the tragedy for the first time since Maddie's death, the 46-year-old told the BBC : "We think she actually probably wanted to be able to come home later that evening and say 'I've ended my relationship with Ben and I'm going to go on holiday next week and have a great time.'"
Ben Green, 41, was found with self-inflicted stab wounds at his home where he also stabbed Maddie to death
Rachel described Maddie, who lived with her parents in Wimblington, Cambs., as the "perfect daughter, perfect friend".
Maddie met Ben, a marketing director, at a water management firm before she got a role in marketing at a construction company, an inquest heard last month.
The night before Maddie was found dead, Rachel said she saw she was at Ben's house on an app and was not worried.
Maddie's parents said they never saw any signs of domestic abuse between the couple
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She became concerned about Maddie the next day when a friend asked if she had heard from Maddie as she hadn't joined a group call the night before.
Their fears only grew once they learned Maddie missed a work meeting, which they say was out of character.
One of her friends went to Ben's house on the same day and when no one answered the police were called.
Maddie was described as a 'beautiful person both inside and out'
Police arrived to find the bodies of Maddie and Ben alongside one another, each with stab wounds.
Maddie's dad Steve, 48, said that there were no signs of domestic violence between the couple.
He added: "The hardest bit with it, we'll never understand the why. It'll never come out. We live with that, and unfortunately, his family will as well."
A family statement released via police after Maddie's death described her as a "beautiful person both inside and out".
Maddie worked in marketing role at a construction firm
It added: "Our hearts are broken and we cannot begin to imagine life without her. The shock and pain we are feeling is indescribable.
"Maddie was a kind, caring, thoughtful young woman, who touched the lives of everyone she met.
"A talented dancer, her creative talent continued through school and into her career in marketing. Her life has been sadly cut short just as her career was blossoming.
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"Our thoughts are with everybody who knew and loved Maddie as much as we did."
Maddie's family held a 'party-themed' funeral for her in September, where guests were asked to avoid black clothing and instead "dress to impress".
A fund in Maddie's name has so far raised more than £39,000 for the Construction Youth Trust, which helps youngsters join the industry.
A full inquest into both deaths is scheduled in January.