Saima Abid, 31, mother-of-three stabbed to death in her home last night was killed eight years after her sister drowned in a lake amid fears she’d be ‘sent back to Pakistan’, it has emerged.
She was pronounced dead when police were called to a house in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, shortly before 3am on Tuesday.
Miss Abid had three young children and worked as a nurse at Royal Oldham Hospital. 8 years ago her sister Chamman Shan, 21, drowned in Hollingworth Lake and was found on the banking at a well-known beauty spot in Littleborough, in 2011.
A community members said, ‘First her sister, now Saima. It’s just devastating for the family. It’s a big shock for the whole community as well. Saima and her family are really well known. There are just no words.’
‘It was a love marriage so it is a big, big tragedy – it is unbelievable. It happened last night, I got the call at about 2.47am.
‘They married more than ten years ago and have three kids, one boy and two girls.
‘She was working in hospitals. ‘They had an argument a couple of days before, she complained to her own mother and father.
A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder following the killing.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 183 of 23/04/19, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.