Elizabeth Nnyanzi, 31, a smart and beautiful Ugandan lawyer, was killed in her London home on Friday.
Nnyanzi, a former pupil at Cheltenham Ladies’ College who worked at leading City firm Herbert Smith Freehills, was found “unresponsive” by detectives.
She lived in a £600,000 house in Harrow, according to The Standard Kenya.
Daily Mail reported that Nnyanzi was discovered by neighbours at 6pm on Friday.
Police and emergency services cordoned off the house shortly before 6pm on Friday as detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command started their investigations.
Peter Kibisu, a man said to be a friend of the victim has been arrested.
Nnyanzi, who studied medicine at Imperial College before switching to follow in her father’s footsteps as a lawyer, was described by friends as a “beautiful and talented” young woman.
In a tribute, paid her family said she was a “young star whose death was a huge loss to society”.
Another relative said: “It’s horrible. She was a very young girl who was doing so well. I’m shocked because I have known her since she was a baby.”
“She’s a lovely girl. So beautiful and doing very well. She was a very talented girl, a young star. It is a really big loss not just for the family but for society in general because she has always done good things for people. She did a lot of charity work and fundraising activities in general. We don’t know what happened. It’s the police’s job to find out. The best thing to do is wait for them to finish their investigation.”
“She was a really nice girl, such a lovely person with a beautiful smile. She was so intelligent and I know how proud of her mother and father were,” pointed out a friend.
About the deceased
Nnyanzi had lived with her mother, father and two sisters at the semi-detached family home along Northumberland Road.
She worked for a number of charities and was also said to be a keen singer who had been asked to perform in an opera at the Royal Albert Hall.
Her mother, Coreen Nnyanzi, is a food technology teacher at Nower Hill School in Harrow where she is also in charge of child development.
Nnyanzi had been working for only four months at Herbert Smith Freehills after completing an internship with law firm Leigh Day.
A spokesman for City law firm Herbert Smith Freehills said Nnyanzi worked for the company as a temporary paralegal for about a month but her contract ended in June and she no longer worked for the law firm.
Before embarking on her career Nnyanzi had volunteered for Mulaga Hospital in Uganda, where her solicitor father Joseph had grown up.
She also volunteered in 2005 at Freedom from Torture, a centre based in Finsbury Park with links to Amnesty International.
She was also part of the Model United Nations during her time at Imperial.