Mother killed on cruise was ‘light of our lives’: family

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A Utah mother of three — killed, allegedly by her husband, aboard a cruise ship off Alaska — was “the light of our lives,” her grieving family said.

Kristy Manzanares’ relatives said they were “devastated” by the loss of the “devoted mother, daughter, sister and friend” found lying in a pool of blood with her skull bashed in on the 3,500-passenger Emerald Princess.

“Kristy led by example with her giving heart, and we are inspired by the legacy of kindness and optimism she has instilled in her children,” the family wrote in a statement released late Friday.

Kenneth Manzanares, 39, said he killed his wife because “she would not stop laughing at me,” according to court papers. He is charged with murder.

The couple had been on board the ship celebrating their 18th anniversary with their three teen daughters.

“We appreciate all of the support shown toward us from friends and family in Carbon and Washington Counties,” the family wrote.