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Pictured: “Perfect” mother was stabbed to death in her home along with her 5-year-old son

Tributes are pouring in for Yi Chen, 37, and her five-year-old boy (Image: PA)

A “doting mum” who was found stabbed to death at her north London home with her five-year-old son has been named.

Tributes have been received for Yi Chen, 37, who was found dead in Barnet yesterday afternoon.

Medics tried to save the mother of two, but she died at the scene along with her son – dubbed Duan Duan by friends.

A 37-year-old man, believed to be known to the family, was arrested yesterday and is still being questioned by police officers.

Devastated friends and family sobbed as they left flowers, toys and candles at the scene, along with a Harry Potter chocolate Hogwarts castle.

A relative told MyLondon: “He was a kid, only five. He loved Harry Potter and toy cars.”

Mourners also left a cardboard sign that read, “There is no evil or suffering in heaven! Rest in peace! thanks for the luck You will be remembered.’

Yi Chen

Yi Chen, 37, lived with her husband and two children after moving from Beijing in 2010 (Image: Facebook)

Forensic officers at the crime scene in Brookside South, Barnet, north London, after a 37-year-old woman and five-year-old child were found fatally stabbed. The Metropolitan Police said the couple, believed to be mother and daughter, were pronounced dead at the scene and a 37-year-old man, believed to be known to the victims, was found dead at the scene arrested on suspicion of murder. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Barnet. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Forensic officers at the crime scene in Brookside South (Image: PA)

The scene at Brookside South, Barnet, north London, after a 37-year-old woman and five-year-old child were found fatally stabbed. The Metropolitan Police said the couple, believed to be mother and daughter, were pronounced dead at the scene and a 37-year-old man, believed to be known to the victims, was found dead at the scene arrested on suspicion of murder. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Barnet. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

A neighbor says he heard a woman scream around 1.30pm yesterday (Image: PA)

A friend who lives near the family’s former home told MailOnline: “Yi was a lovely woman, a doting mother. she was perfect

“She stayed inside most of the time but when I saw her she was outside having fun with her kids.

“Her youngest son was Duan Duan. He was a cheeky little boy but full of character even at his young age when they lived here.”

Yi lived with her 37-year-old husband Shuai Yuan, director of data science at TV company FreeWheel, and their elder son, 10 years old. The family has lived in the UK since 2010 after moving from Beijing.

A man who lives nearby said his wife heard a woman scream around 1.30pm and said police and paramedics were there within minutes.

The scene at Brookside South, Barnet, north London, after a 37-year-old woman and five-year-old child were found fatally stabbed. The Metropolitan Police said the couple, believed to be mother and daughter, were pronounced dead at the scene and a 37-year-old man, believed to be known to the victims, was found dead at the scene arrested on suspicion of murder. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Barnet. Photo credit should read: Lucas Cumiskey /PA Wire

A 37-year-old man has been arrested and remains in custody (Image: PA)

Forensic officers at the crime scene in Brookside South, Barnet, north London, after a 37-year-old woman and five-year-old child were found fatally stabbed. The Metropolitan Police said the couple, believed to be mother and daughter, were pronounced dead at the scene and a 37-year-old man, believed to be known to the victims, was found dead at the scene arrested on suspicion of murder. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Barnet. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Neighbors described Duan Duan as a ‘sassy little boy’ who was ‘full of character’ (Image: PA)

He added: “This is so shocking because this has always been a peaceful, safe area. I had never heard any arguments or anything like that coming from the house.”

Detective Chief Inspector Claire Hine said: “My team of experienced detectives continues to investigate the circumstances leading up to the tragic deaths of this woman and her son.

“Detectives have already spoken to a number of people in and around Brookside South as we form a picture of events and that work is ongoing.

“This incident had a devastating impact on the family of the deceased and we have a team of specially trained officers available to assist where we can.

“We have one man in custody and are not looking for anyone else as part of this investigation. However, I would like to ask people not to speculate on the events surrounding this horrific incident while we establish all the facts.’

Chief Superintendent Sara Leach added: “This incident has understandably caused shock and sadness in the local community; Feelings shared within my team and throughout the Metropolitan Police.

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