Family pays tribute to student murdered in Clerkenwell uni halls

Young woman found dead at her student accommodation was a "beautiful, irreplaceable angel," family say

Monday, 21st March — By Anna Lamche

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The family of a woman found dead in her university accommodation have paid tribute to their “beautiful, irreplaceable angel.”

Police were called to Arbour House in Clerkenwell in the early hours of Saturday morning where they found 19-year-old Sabita Thanwani suffering from serious neck injuries.

Despite the emergency services’ best efforts to save Ms Thanwani, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Sunday afternoon, police arrested Maher Maaroufe, 22, on suspicion of murder and assault. Police have said Mr Maaroufe was in a relationship with Ms Thanwani at the time of her death.

A psychology student at City University, Ms Thanwani’s family have described her as “the most caring and loving person we have ever known.”

In a statement released on Monday, Ms Thanwani’s family said: “Sabita Thanwani was our daughter. Our angel. Her life, that we hoped would be long, was cut tragically short. She was ripped away from those who loved her so very dearly; her mum, dad, brother, grandparents, extended family and friends.

“Sabita was the most caring and loving person we have ever known. She inspired us every day of her precious 19 years of life. Her mission was to help everyone. She was studying psychology at City University to make this happen. Her whole life was ahead of her, a life where her radiant smile and incredible heart could only spread warmth and kindness.

“In her short life, she helped so many. Sabita was pure and did not see bad in anyone, because there was no badness in her own awesome heart. We will never ever stop loving or missing our beautiful, irreplaceable Sabita. The girl that was an angel upon the earth is now an angel in heaven.

“We can only pray that lessons will be learnt and that somehow, there will come a day when girls and women are safe. We will never be able to thank the Metropolitan Police enough for their dedication and tireless work in finding justice for our Sabita. From our hearts, we thank everyone for their love and support.

“We ask that our privacy is respected and as a family we can quietly grieve.”

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