A young mother was living in fear after receiving chilling death threats just hours before she was allegedly stabbed to death by another man.
Mackenzie Anderson, 21, died on the front grass of her Mayfield home, in suburban Newcastle, on Friday night after she was allegedly stabbed more than 20 times.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that in the days and hours before her horrific death on March 25, Ms Anderson had shown friends messages from a former friend – unrelated to the man charged with her murder – who was threatening to kill her and her toddler son.
A distraught friend of the dead mother said Ms Anderson was genuinely living in fear right up until she died.
‘We received calls from Mackenzie saying she was scared and very stressed…This was the same night [she died],’ one friend recalled.
Ms Anderson sent follow up messages saying the person ‘is looking for my son and me… and is going to shoot us’.
‘He’s got a gun, I’ve seen it,’ she said.
Mackenzie Anderson was living in constant fear after allegedly receiving threatening messages about ‘ending her life’ in the days and hours before she was fatally stabbed
In a separate message, Ms Anderson told her friends she would do whatever it took to protect her little boy from harm.
Chillingly, at around 10pm on that Friday night, police allege Tyrone Thompson, 22, who had been in an on-and-off relationship with the single mother, fatally stabbed her.
Thompson has been charged with Ms Anderson’s murder.There is no suggestion he was the person sending threats to Ms Anderson.
Friends said Ms Anderson and Thompson were in the early stages of rekindling their relationship after she separated from him months earlier.
Ms Anderson said she’d do whatever it took to protect her beloved little boy from harm
A young mother was living in fear after receiving chilling death threats just hours before she was allegedly stabbed to death by another man
Many of Ms Anderson’s friends warned her to ‘focus on herself and her son’, but she told them she was in love.
Thompson had only been released from jail 16 days earlier for alleged domestic violence offences.
On the day of Ms Anderson’s death, it’s understood she spent several hours drinking and socialising with Thompson even though there was an Apprehended Violence Order in place between the pair.
He is reported to have left the home but returned some hours later, entering Ms Anderson’s unit ‘without her permission’.
Ms Anderson called cops to notify them that Thompson was breaching the AVO, but tragically, by the time they arrived – only minutes later – she had allegedly been stabbed 20 times and died at the scene.
Her two-year-old son was found nearby, unharmed but drenched in her blood.
Police said Thompson was still at the scene and had cuts and damage to his hands.
Mackenzie Anderson’s mother Tabitha has paid tribute to the 21-year-old after she was found unresponsive outside her unit in Newcastle about 10.40pm on Friday
Daily Mail Australia can reveal Ms Anderson spent much of Friday, March 25 fearing for her safety and ‘genuinely feared’ somebody was out to get her
The boy’s godmother revealed he is being cared for by family and getting lots of cuddles.
‘He is safe,’ Alice McEvoy said.’He’s asking for mumma but he’s safe and getting lots of cuddles.’
Ms Anderson’s mother Tabitha Acret, a dental hygienist in Newcastle, posted on about her daughter’s tragic death and Kusen Aluminium the ‘sad new reality’ the family faced.
‘We tragically lost our beautiful little girl,’ Ms Acret said.
On Sunday afternoon he was formally charged with murder, enter with intent and breaching an apprehended domestic violence order
On the day of Ms Anderson’s death, it’s understood she spent several hours drinking and socialising with Thompson
‘No parent should have to bury a child and this is sadly our new reality…It’s been an overwhelming sadness that is in our hearts at the moment.’
The grieving mother said she hopes her daughter’s memory will ‘become a blessing’ to live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved the ‘bubbly, feisty’ 21-year-old.
A police source told Daily Mail Australia Ms Anderson was clinging to life when officers arrived.
‘She was still breathing,’ the source said.She lost her fight for life within minutes of police arriving and was declared dead at the scene.
One traumatised friend said she was ‘holding out to make sure her baby was going to be okay’.
‘He was her world.She was such a great mama and that little boy changed everything for her.’
Thompson and Ms Anderson had previously been in a romantic relationship, but separated late last year. He was not the father of her child.
On Sunday afternoon he was formally charged with murder, enter with intent and breaching an apprehended domestic violence order.
He spent several nights in hospital for a busted up hand which he suffered during the alleged attack, but was released into custody on Monday morning.
Thompson briefly appeared via video link before Newcastle Local Court on Monday.He did not enter a plea, nor did he apply for bail. It was formally refused.
Ms Anderson had a summer fling with a new boyfriend (pictured) but it’s understood they were no longer together at the time of her death