A young model was found stabbed to death with her three-year old-daughter â€˜crying next to her in a pool of bloodâ€™, friends said today.
The body of Linah Keza, 29, understood to have taken part in Miss Africa 2010, was found at a flat in King Edward Road, Leyton, early yesterday morning.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
London Ambulance Service paramedics accompanied police to the address just before 4.30am, but Linah, a Rwandan national living in London, was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is understood that her daughter was at the address at the time of the attack, according to a family friend.
Herbert Muhire said: â€˜[Her] daughter is being taken care of and treated for trauma and other consequences as she was found crying next to the mother who was in a pool of blood.
â€˜Family and friends have been briefed how she was killed and died a gruesome death. Everything is being done that Linahâ€™s body be brought and buried in respect at home in Kigali [Rwanda].â€™
Tributes to Linah from friends and relatives were left on a Facebook page set up soon after her death.
Azun Jezan wrote: â€˜So sad, may her Soul rest in peace and her daughter and family be strong on these difficult sad time.â€™ Another, Justine Twongyeirwe, wrote: â€˜Will miss your smile darl linah. RIPâ€™
This morning, the page had over 500 members and some had posted images of Linah, who had worked as a model and studied social work at the University of Wolverhampton.
According to police, a 38-year-old man was arrested after handing himself in at a north London police station yesterday.