A Rwandan national and Miss Africa 2010 contestant is said to have been stabbed to death in her house in the East of London early hours of yesterday by an unknown assailant.
A young model was found stabbed to death with her three-year old-daughter ‘crying next to her in a pool of blood’, neighbours said today.
Linah Keza, 29, who took part in Miss Africa 2010, was found dead in her flat in King Edward Road, Leyton, early yesterday morning after neighbours said they heard her scream for help.
London Ambulance Service paramedics accompanied the highly effective London Metropolitan police to the address just before 4.30am, but Ms Linah was pronounced dead at the scene.
The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which will look at the contact police had with her and a 38-year-old man who has been arrested over her death.
It is understood that her 3-year-old daughter was at the address at the time of the attack, according to a family friend.
Herbert Muhire said: ‘[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.
‘Family and friends have been briefed how she was killed and died a gruesome death.
‘Everything is being done that Linah’s body be brought and buried in respect at home in Kigali, Rwanda.’
Tributes to Linah from friends and relatives were left on a Facebook page set up soon after her death.
Azun Jezan wrote: ‘So sad, may her Soul rest in peace and her daughter and family be strong on these difficult sad time.’
Another, Justine Twongyeirwe, wrote: ‘Will miss your smile darl linah. RIP’
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.
A police spokesman said: ‘A murder investigation has been launched after woman was attacked in Leyton.
May her soul rest in perfect peace...Amen