A woman has been found murdered inside her home.
The victim, who has been locally named as Fatima, was attacked at her property in Leicester on Tuesday morning.
Police confirmed they had launched a murder investigation after attending the house in Bartholomew Street shortly after 9am.
No arrests have been made.
A friend of the dead woman, who was described as being an Islam convert of Tamil Sri Lankan origin, told Leicestershire Live: “She had the two boys from a previous relationship and the girl from her present relationship.
“She was a Tamil who converted to Islam.
"I couldn’t believe it when I heard she was dead. She was an amazing mum who cared for her children and fed them well.”
A distraught older woman was later seen being helped into a police car at the scene.
A friend of the victim claimed her children were at home when she was killed but police did not confirm this.
A statement from Leicestershire Police said: "A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a woman at a house in Leicester.
"Emergency services were called to a property in Bartholomew Street shortly after 8.30am today (Tuesday 8 October) following reports that a woman had been seriously injured inside.
"She was pronounced dead at the scene.
"A cordon was put in place Bartholomew Street while enquiries were carried out. No arrests have been made at this time."
Detective Inspector Mark Sinski appealed for help from the public and said he would like to speak to anyone who drove or walked through Bartholomew Street during the school run.
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He added: “Did you see anyone leaving the address in Bartholomew Street or acting in a manner that caught your attention?
"I would like to speak to anyone who drove through Bartholomew Street this morning – or who was driving in the surrounding area – and who has a dashcam in their vehicle.”
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident 120 of 8 October.