FRIENDS of murdered Nicola Collins paid tribute to the mum of three following her brutal death in Farranree yesterday.
Friends took to social media to express their shock and heartbreak at the tragedy.
One friend wrote, “Rest in peace, such a lovely girl. Always had good time for you.”
Another friend posted: “Heartbroken to hear you're gone. RIP my beautiful friend, until we meet again.”
The 38-year-old separated mum of three was originally from Tralee, where some of her relatives were informed of her death yesterday.
She also has relatives in Cork.
She had been living in Clashduv in Togher for the past couple of years. It is understood she had been a regular visitor in recent months to the address on Popham’s Road where she was found dead yesterday morning after sustaining head and neck injuries in an attack.
Her body was removed to Cork University Hospital from the scene yesterday where a post-mortem was carried out by assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.
Under the Coroners Act, her body can be held for up to five days.
In Farranree, investigations are continuing locally by gardaí in the area of Popham’s Road. Locals there said they did not know Ms Collins but she had been seen in the area in recent months.
They said there was a sense of disbelief that such an incident happened in the normally quiet area.
“We are shocked, totally shocked,” said Ann Buckley, a resident of the area for 59 years.
“Nothing like this ever happened here. She is someone’s child.”
Neighbour and local Sinn Féin city councillor Kenneth Collins, said the community has been left devastated.
“I live just three doors away and heard the sirens this morning. It’s just awful to think this has happened,” he said.
“This is a mature area of the city and there has never been anything like this. All the residents are in shock and our thoughts and prayers go to the victim and her family.”
Gardaí are appealing to witnesses or to anyone who can assist with the investigation to contact Mayfield Garda Station on 021-4558510, The Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any garda station.