A woman who was stabbed to death in a house has been named locally as Samantha Murphy, a mum-of-three in her 30s.
Emergency crews were called to the property in Margate, Kent around 3.10am on Saturday, following reports of an assault.
Samantha was found at the scene suffering from stab wounds and was rushed hospital by medics. However, she was later pronounced dead, prompting detectives to launch a murder investigation.
Samantha who leaves behind two daughters, aged nine and 14, and a 22-year-old son.
Her niece Megan Murphy has launched a fundraiser to help pay for her funeral costs, which had at the time of writing raised £525 of its £2,000 goal.
Writing on a GoFundMe page, Megan said: “I am fundraising for my Auntie Sam’s children to help with funeral funds and the financial difficulty they are now going to face after sadly losing their mummy after she passed away early hours Saturday morning.”
She added: “We don’t know exactly what happened yet but it is being treated as murder, I hope we can give her a beautiful send off!
“You didn’t deserve this Auntie Sam and we will get you the justice you deserve! Please keep our broken family in your hearts, especially my baby cousins!
“Thank you in advance and for all the kind messages…rest easy our angel!”
The fundraiser has been shared on social media by other friends and family, who paid tribute to the mum following her death on Saturday (July 16).
Samantha’s cousin Chayne Murphy wrote: “Please spare whatever you can to help give my cousin the send off she deserves!
“Her life was cowardly and inhumanely taken away from her too soon leaving behind her young children who shouldn’t have to be saying goodbye to their mum so young! Any donations will be appreciated!
“May you RIP cuz! Love you forever and always! Justice will be given!”
Friend Katie Ballard added: “Words can’t describe Sam, you were a beautiful woman inside and out, a true friend.
“I can’t believe it my thoughts are with your family, I will truly miss you but cherish our memories together, love you so much chick.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward in connection with the attack, which happened in a cul-de-sac of terraced 1950s houses.
Investigators from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have arrested a man in his 30s on suspicion of murder.
A woman in her 20s was also arrested on suspicion of murder and assisting an offender.
A Kent Police spokesman said: “It is believed that the victim and the suspects were known to each other.
“Officers have already spoken with several potential witnesses but believe there several people who have important information who are yet to get in contact.”