The family of a former Hull woman who was found dead in her home on Christmas Day say they have been left in pieces.
Kirsty Louise Ashley, 29, was born and raised in Grimsby and later lived in Hull, where her family still is.
She was found dead in a house in Earlham Grove, Newham, London at 11.55am on Christmas Day.
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The Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Team launched a homicide investigation and a man has been charged with her death.
Her sister Kyomi Martin said she feels crushed and that all the family now wants is for Kirsty’s body to be returned to them in Hull.
She said: “All we want to do is bring her back to Hull. Once we’ve got her back, we can start planning a funeral.
“We played together every weekend in the park near where Mom lived and played on the street.
“Kirsty gave me a nephew and a niece, and I always remember we laughed when we were younger.”
Kirsty is part of a large family, including two sisters, three half-sisters and a brother.
She even had two children, who were later adopted.
Kirsty had lived with her grandmother Jean Ashley in Scunthorpe, but regularly visited her mother and Kyomi.
She said Kirsty had “fallen into the wrong group” and due to a family breakdown she had not been in contact for a long time.
Kyomi said Kirsty moved from Scunthorpe to Hull and later to Grimsby before moving to Bradford.
She had only lived in London for a few years.
Kirtsys second sister, Chelsea, said on behalf of their family: “My mother Tracy Bemrose has said that life will never be the same, she is really crushed. No child should go before their parents.
“I’m also really crushed. It’s come as a massive shock to us all, but we’re pulling together as a family through this devastating time.”
Kirsty’s brother, Aaron Matthews, said: “She was born in Grimsby, a bright bubbly person who will never be forgotten.
“Our father Alan Matthews is deeply saddened by the news and is in pieces – every day we love you with all our heart.”
An autopsy revealed she died of blunt force trauma.
Yahya Aboukar, 26, of Earlham Grove, E7, has since been charged with murder and was due to appear in the Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
It is understood that they were known by each other.
A roadblock remained in place at Earlham Grove throughout Christmas Day 2 and yesterday as police carried out investigative work, reports mylondon.
A neighbor in Newham told mylondon: “This road is actually one of the best in Newham. Lots of people with good cars live on this road compared to everywhere else.”
Another added: “I just got back from seeing family. I did not think anything similar would have happened. It’s heartbreaking. The last thing you want to see, especially around Christmas.
“I feel for her family. I have no idea who she was as it seems like a lot of people come and go from all the properties around here. My heart goes out to her.”
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