Family pays tribute to 19-year-old ‘angel’ student killed in her university accommodation

March 21, 2022, 09:48

Sabita Thanwani was found dead in student flats in central London over the weekend.

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The family of a 19-year-old student who was found dead in her London accommodation have paid tribute to their “angel”, saying they hope a day will come when girls and women are safe.

Sabita Thanwani was pronounced dead on Saturday morning in her halls in Clerkenwell, central London. Her family today released a statement that ‘the daughter who was an angel on earth is now an angel in heaven’.

In a statement released by Scotland Yard, her family said: “Sabita Thanwani was our daughter. Our angel. His life, which we hoped would be long, was tragically cut short. She was torn from those who loved her so dearly; his mother, father, 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.

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“She was studying psychology at City University to get there. Her whole life was ahead of her, a life where her beaming smile and incredible heart could only spread warmth and kindness.

“In her short life, she has helped so many people. Sabita was pure and saw no evil in anyone, for there was no evil in her own awesome heart.

“We will never stop loving or missing our beautiful and irreplaceable Sabita. The girl who was an angel on earth is now an angel in heaven.

“We can only pray that lessons will be learned and that somehow there will come a day when girls and women will be safe.

“We cannot thank the Metropolitan Police enough for their dedication and tireless work in bringing justice to our Sabita. With all our hearts, we thank everyone for their love and support.

“We ask that our privacy be respected and as a family we can mourn in peace.”

Sabita’s boyfriend, Maher Maaroufe, 22, was arrested in the Clerkenwell area after detectives requested information on his whereabouts.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder, according to the Metropolitan Police.

He was also detained on suspicion of assault and he is still in detention.

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