A “kind and caring” 19-year-old girl has been found dead in her home as police arrest a 27-year-old man on suspicion of murder .
Shana Grice was discovered on Thursday at her home in Brighton, East Sussex after failing to turn up for work .
Today her devastated boyfriend Ash Cooke, 21, revealed he is coming to terms with his loss by getting a ‘Shana’ tattoo in her memory.
The couple, who had been together for three-and-a-half years, were planning on starting a family next year and went on holiday to Mexico with friends earlier this year.
The self-employed kitchen fitter last saw his girlfriend yesterday morning at about 7am as he said goodbye to her at the front door of her home.
They made plans to have dinner together this evening, before attending Ash’s uncle’s wedding together tomorrow.
But less than three hours later, police were called to the address over concerns for the welfare of Shana, after she had not arrived at work in the morning.
They discovered her body alone in the house and, while the cause of death is yet to be established, detectives are treating it as suspicious.
Ash told how he has answered questions from officers, who have taken his mobile, and is today asking why anyone would want to kill his girlfriend.
He said: “I don’t have my mobile at the moment – the police have got it – and obviously I don’t want to say too much about their investigation.
“Shana was the nicest person you could ever wish to meet.
“We have been together just over three-and-a-half years and we had plans. We had my uncle’s wedding on Saturday and dinner tonight.
“We were planning to have children together next year and we were all ready to settle down, but now all that’s not going to happen.”
“She was supposed to finish work today and I was going to be meeting her then to go out for dinner,” he continued.
“I was with her yesterday morning, that’s when I last saw her because I stayed with her Wednesday night.
“I start work early and I have to leave hers at 7am in the morning to get ready.
“She was awake and came to the door, we had a kiss and a cuddle and said goodbye, and then she locked the door after I left.
“I was working in Saltdean and as soon as I knew something wasn’t right I knew I had to try and find her.
“I jumped in my van and rushed back to hers as fast as I could.”
Tragically, he learnt of his girlfriend’s death when he arrived.
He added: “She was a really kind girl, and she cared about everyone. I don’t know why anyone would do this to her because she wasn’t a nasty person and looked after everyone.
“Everyone loves her, as you can see from the tributes on social media.
“I’m getting a big Shana tattoo, it’s quite a big arm piece as a tribute to her.”
Ash continues to assist the police in their investigation, and will return to the force’s Lewes base to sign the statement he made to officers yesterday.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman at an address in Mile Oak.
“Just before 9.45am on Thursday police were called to the address in Chrisdory Road, Mile Oak, over concerns for the welfare of a 18-year woman living there who had not arrived at work in the morning.
“The body of a woman, believed to be the resident, was found inside the house. Formal identification has not yet taken place.
“Nobody else was in the house at the time.
“The cause of death has not yet been established but it is being treated as suspicious and detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, led by Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz, are investigating.
“A 27-year old Portslade man was arrested on Thursday afternoon at an address in Burgess Hill on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.
“Our thoughts are with the deceased and with her family and friends, who are receiving our support at this time.”
Friends of Shana also took to Facebook to pay tribute to their friend.
Geo Pettman wrote: “Ever such a distressing reminder that the world is never as it seems, life is such a precious thing Shana Grice will forever be in everyone’s heart.”
Sinead Smythe said: “Heaven has gained such a beautiful angel . I cannot believe what has happened. You were such a great soul!
“My thoughts are with everyone who knew her dearly. Forever in all our hearts. Rest in peace Shana Grice you will never be forgotten.”
Hassan Zerrouk, of Brighton, added: “You will be 100% missed Shana Grice!”
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