Woman's tearful sister outraged at friends who 'left her after fatal shooting'
The distraught Gold Coast family of a fatal shooting victim has spoken exclusively to 9News remembering their sister and daughter as a "beautiful soul".
Annette Jovanovic - the younger sister of Ivona - spoke through tears today, saying she's still shocked her only sibling was shot in the chest and left to die at her former boyfriends Highland Park home on Sunday night.
"We just want to see her one more time," she said.
"Anyone that knew her would've said the same thing... she was a beautiful soul."
Police say the 27-year-old waitress was preparing to go out with friends, including her ex-boyfriend Christos Panagakos, when she was hit by a bullet.
Panagakos, an alleged Mongols bikie associate, as well as his friends left the property soon after.
"I cant even fathom how anyone could do that like she's helpless," Annette told 9News.
"It makes me so mad."
Panagakos and Ivona dated for two years when she was aged 21. They'd known each other since they were 14 and went to school together.
"I just dont even know why he's still in her life," Ms Jovanovic said.
Following the shooting, Panagakos returned to the home early on Monday morning, where he was arrested by police.
He is tonight still in custody but isn't telling detectives where the gun is or who was with him when Ivona was shot.
No charges have been laid at this stage, but police are desperate to speak with the other friends who were at the home at the time.
Police are able to hold Panagakos in custody for now, after a return to prison warrant was issued for him yesterday for other matters.
Detectives this afternoon also made a fresh appeal for information to locate the owner of a blanket, seen around Panagakos when he was arrested.
They're hopeful the handgun is at the same address.
In the meantime, Ivona's family has set up a fundraising page to help raise money to pay for her funeral.
"It's already gotten up to $16,000... I'm really thankful for everyone who's shown support," Ms Ivanovic told 9News.
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