TRIBUTES was paid to a “vibrant” aspiring lawyer who was said to have been murdered by a stranger just meters from her front door.

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of murdering Zara Aleena, 35, of Ilford, East London.

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Zara Aleena, 35, was found seriously injured near her London home
A lanyard remains at the scene, near Valentines Park

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A lanyard remains at the scene, near Valentines Park
A murder investigation has been launched after the attack

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A murder investigation has been launched after the attackCredit: LNP

Miss Aleena died from a severe head injury after she was attacked in the street while walking home from a night out with friends in the early hours of Sunday.

Friends and family have now told of their devastation.

A cousin, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Daily mail Ms. Aleena had worked at the Royal Court of Justice as an administrative officer while looking for a job as a probationary lawyer.

“She is a lovely person,” he said.

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“It was a shock to the family.”

He called the law graduate “vibrant” and said she “brought life to the room”.

Friend Nadia, 42, said Ms Aleena probably decided to walk rather than take a taxi because “nothing ever happened here”.

“She’s a gentle soul, she wouldn’t hurt a fly,” says Nadia.

“She wanted to be a lawyer so she could provide for herself and her family.”

Another friend said Aleena’s parents were too distressed to talk.

Police say she was assaulted on Cranbrook Road as she headed towards Gants Hill Station. She died in the hospital on Sunday morning.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene at 2.44am.

An autopsy revealed Ms Allena had “severe multiple trauma”.

No weapons have yet to be found.

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General Manager Stuart Bell, who leads the Met’s East Area basic command unit, said: “We are keeping the Zara family updated on our progress.

“My sincere condolences to them at this terrible time.”

He said Aleena’s loved ones were being cared for by specialist officers, but added: “I cannot imagine the pain they are going through right now.”

A sling remains intact at the scene, near Valentines Park.

The force is urging anyone in the Cranbrook Road area of ​​Ilford between 2am and 3am on Sunday to contact them.

A neighbor said: “I got home around that time. We had just gone to see an Ed Sheeran concert.

She’s so lovely…she brought life to the room

“I heard screams but I didn’t know if it was a baby or a fox.

I didn’t think much of it.

“It’s shocking because it’s still busy at 2am.”

Subhash, 60, who lives just off Cranbrook Road, said he was woken up by a helicopter around 3am.

“I was a bit worried when something like that was happening on my doorstep,” he said.

“It’s not just my daughter. It’s other girls, other girls, other women in the area.”

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Anyone with relevant information or footage is asked to call the police major incident department on 0208 345 3715.

Alternatively, you can anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online via crimestoppers-uk.org

Police are appealing to people who may have been in the Cranbrook Road area at the time

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Police are appealing to people who may have been in the Cranbrook Road area at the timeCredit: LNP
Despite the best efforts of the first-time medics on the scene and the doctors in the hospital, she died later on Sunday morning.

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Despite the best efforts of the first-time medics on the scene and the doctors in the hospital, she died later on Sunday morning.Credit: LNP

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