Heartbroken sisters tribute to bubbly young mum, 23, found dead on motorway

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The devastated family of a “funny, bubbly” young mum-of-two who was found dead on a motorway at the weekend have paid moving tributes to her.

Nikita Johnson’s body was found on the M18 motorway on Saturday October 30 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

The family has been told by South Yorkshire Police they believe the cause of death was suicide, although this is yet to be confirmed while investigations are ongoing.

Nikita’s heartbroken sister Stacey told YorkshireLive of how she would “light up a room” and dearly loved her two sons Layton, five, and Jenson, four.

Nikita, 23, from the Maltby area of the town, had a big family who say they are “shocked” by the tragic news. She was the youngest of five girls and had one younger brother.

Stacey said: “Nikita was bubbly, she’d light up a room when she walked in and made everyone laugh. Her personality, the way she was, she was funny. She just acted silly – like a big kid, kind of thing.

“She loved going out partying, spending time with her nephews and loved all her friends – she was very popular.

“It was a shock. She never let anyone know how she was feeling. She always kept stuff to herself.

“I am feeling empty and gutted.”

One of Nikita’s best friends Demi-Leigh Parkin, 23, has been left shocked by her sudden death.

She said: “Nikita was the funniest, loudest person who made everyone laugh. She never failed to make me laugh everyday, she was so infectious.

“I’m going to miss her loads. It’s shocking to be honest, I can’t get over it.”

The Johnson family have not yet started making funeral arrangements for Nikita.

The M18 was closed on Saturday from 2.45am to 6.15pm.

Scene guards were put in place junction 1 to the A631 Bawtry Road, Bramley. The bridge above the carriageway was also closed to pedestrians.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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