TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘beautiful, talented and kind’ young mother, after an inquest ruled her death was suicide.

Relatives of Courtney Kilvert have described the pain of life without the 23-year-old, who doted on her son and had dreamed of a career in paleontology.

Courtney, from Portland, tragically died in October last year.

An inquest into her death held at Bournemouth Town Hall ruled that she had committed suicide on the Rodwell Trail, in Weymouth.

Courtney, who left behind her then two-year-old son Zen, suffered with Asperger’s syndrome, emotionally unstable personality disorder and depression.

She had enrolled at college to do maths and English because she wanted to go to university to study paleontology.

Courtney’s mother Selena Walton, 45, has been caring for her daughter’s three-year-old son Zen since her death.

She said: “This last year has been one of the hardest parts of my life. Courtney was a beautiful young woman, not only on the outside but on the inside too.

“She was an extremely talented, kind and loving person and a wonderful mum to her young son. We as a family miss her more and more as time goes by. She would be so proud of her little boy and how much he has come along. I am his sole carer, which is hard at times when trying to grieve, whilst seeing Courtney in him.

Courtney’s sister, Amy-Jayne Kilvert, 27, said: “My little sister is greatly missed, I love her to bits and she was such a good hearted young woman.

“She wasn’t the same after our dad died and struggled since along with her personal obstacles.

“I hope my Dad and little sister are resting peacefully together and I miss them both dearly. I wish we could go back in time and bring them home.”

Amy also mentioned her sister’s love for nature and fossils, adding: “She would go searching all the time and get so excited about it. She could have been the next David Attenborough.

“She was counting down for the Jurassic Museum to open on Portland and said she was going to work really hard to study and get a job there.”

A fundraiser was held to help raise money for Courtney’s funeral, which was held at All Saints Church in Wyke Regis in November last year.