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Aliny Mendes murder: Family pays tribute to mother with 'wonderful heart' killed in knife attack

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The family of a 39-year-old mother stabbed to death on Friday evening have paid tribute to their loved one. 

Aliny Mendes died after an incident in London Road near Cheam on Friday, Surrey Police said.

Paying tribute to her, her sister said: “My sister was lovely, always thinking about everyone but mostly her children. She had a wonderful heart and there was no one else like her. She was a caring sister and worried about everyone.

“She was always making sure everyone was ok. She tried to help everyone where she could. She loved to cook and would organise surprise parties for friends and family giving cakes and presents she was loved by everyone. Everything she did was for the love for her children.”

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder called it a “tragic incident” (Guy Walker)

​​Ms Mendes was stabbed just yards from Meadow Primary School and London Road and the adjoining Sparrow Farm Road were cordoned off as police investigated.

Two men were arrested after the woman was knifed by a man who is believed to have been known to her in London Road near Cheam on Friday, Surrey Police said.

A man in his 40s from Epsom was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Another man in his 50s from London who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released with no further action being taken against him.

The victim was stabbed just yards from Meadow Primary School (James McKenzie)

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. 

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Chapman said: “This was a tragic incident where sadly a woman lost her life as a result of the injuries she sustained. At this time we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident, and we do not believe anyone else was injured. The coroner has been informed.

“The victim’s children are being provided with the support and immediate care they need at this difficult time.”

Witnesses said the air ambulance landed in the quiet street near the school. A local councillor Drew Heffernan had tweeted that the woman had been attacked with a knife.

The area where the attack took place is a village on the south-west London and Surrey border. 

A witness said he saw the moment two men were apprehended.

Guy Walker told the Standard: “As I got closer I saw two armed police pointing their guns towards a white transit van.

“Police were shouting to get them out and also shouting at bystanders to get back. I retreated and could see the men removed from the vehicle and appear to lay on the ground.

“After about five minutes or so, the police then moved the men into a marked X5 police car. The police then allowed cars and pedestrians to pass. As I walked passed, the white van had been boxed in by two unmarked police X5s front and back.”

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference PR/45190014238.

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