A young model was found stabbed to death with her three-year old-daughter ?crying next to her in a pool of blood?, 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.

She is believed to have had a panic button installed by police.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which will look at contact police had with her and a 38-year-old man who has been arrested over her death.

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: ?[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.

?Police called by London Ambulance Service at 4.29am on Wednesday to reports of a stabbing.

?Officers and London Ambulance Service attend and a 29-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.?

A post-mortem was scheduled to take place at 11am this morning at Walthamstow Mortuary.


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