'Mischievous' 'loving' mother dead in doorway
A community is "dumbfounded" after a young mother from Porirua was found lying dead in a pool of blood in her Ashburton family home.
Sina Nerisa Solomona, 22, was found with head injuries just inside the back door of her Ashburton home about 2.40am on Saturday by a family member.
Solomona was a former Porirua resident, having moved to the South Island town in her mid teens, police said.
Detective Senior Sergeant John Rae, of Christchurch, said Solomona finished a shift at Canterbury Meat Packers about 1am then spent time at a friend's house until the partner of her twin sister picked her up and dropped her home just after 2am.
It is believed she was attacked between 2.20am and 2.40am.
Rae said a visiting family member called for help at 2.43am after finding her "lying on the floor in a pool of blood" just inside the back door.
Solomona was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Rae said she "may have other injuries", but would not comment further. "It's a suspicious death. It's probably more than that . . . it's quite likely to be a homicide."
Solomona lived at the Cass St property with her three-year-old daughter, Kaira, and several extended family members, including her twin sister and mother.
Rae said police had questioned neighbours, family, friends and associates about Solomona's death.
A family friend said everyone was reeling from the news.
"It's dumbfounded the community. It's just a shock."
Neighbours in the quiet residential street were also shocked a suspected homicide had happened so close to their homes.
One, who did not want to be named, said it scared her to think someone could have murdered Solomona and was still walking the streets.
"It's horrible that someone that is so young with a little kid has been killed."
A Facebook tribute page "Rest In Paradise Sina Solomona" already has attracted about 1260 likes.
Tributes to Solomona talk of a "beautiful", "big-hearted", "awesome", "mischievous" mother who was "taken much too soon".
Friend Gabrielle Tamepo-Hunt wrote: "How can something so tragic happen to such an innocent sweet loving happy lady like urself [sic] Sina Solomona so horrible . . . So glad i got to know u and have fond memories of Sina. Rest in paradise."
Police scoured the neighbourhood for items yesterday, but would not say what they were looking for.
Rae said: "We still have some way to go before we can determine what happened."
The family and friends of Solomona were "deeply shocked".
An autopsy to establish the cause of her death and other injuries will take place in Christchurch today.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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