Mother, 37, stabbed to death along with her five-year-old son at their north London home

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This is the ‘perfect’ mother who was found stabbed to death along with her five-year-old son at their £800,000 north London home.

Yi Chen, 37, was discovered by police and paramedics at the property in leafy Brookside South in Barnet, north London, yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services tried to save the mother-of-two but she died at the scene with her five-year-old son, named by friends as Duan Duan, who also died from stab wounds.

Yi Chen, 37, was discovered by police and paramedics at the property in leafy Brookside South in Barnet, north London, yesterday afternoon

Yi Chen, 37, was discovered by police and paramedics at the property in leafy Brookside South in Barnet, north London, yesterday afternoon

Tributes have been paid to Ms Chen, who lived with her husband Shuai Yuan, a high flying data analyst, and their older son, 10

Tributes have been paid to Ms Chen, who lived with her husband Shuai Yuan, a high flying data analyst, and their older son, 10

Murder squad detectives continue to question a 37-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder. He is known to the Chinese family.

Tributes have been paid to Ms Chen, who lived with her husband Shuai Yuan, a high flying data analyst, and their older son, 10.

Heartbroken family members sobbed as they left toys, candles and flowers at the scene of the incident as well as a chocolate Hogwarts castle from Harry Potter.

Police and forensic officers in Brookside South, Barnet, after mother and son were stabbed to death

Police and forensic officers in Brookside South, Barnet, after mother and son were stabbed to death

Forensic experts were called to the house while police cordoned off a section of the road and carried out patrols

Forensic experts were called to the house while police cordoned off a section of the road and carried out patrols

Forensic officers at the scene in Brookside South, Barnet, north London, after a 37-year-old woman and five-year-old child were found fatally stabbed

Forensic officers at the scene in Brookside South, Barnet, north London, after a 37-year-old woman and five-year-old child were found fatally stabbed

Speaking to MyLondon one family member said: ‘He was a child, only five. He loved Harry Potter and toy cars.’

They also left a cardboard sign with the toys which read: ‘There is no evil and suffering in heaven! Rest in peace! 

‘Thank you for the happiness. You will be remembered.’

A friend who lives close to their former address told MailOnline today: ‘Yi was a lovely lady, a doting mother. She was perfect. 

‘She would play with her two sons in the area outside the house quite often.

‘That’s when I saw her the most, she stayed inside a lot of the time, but when I did see her, she was outside having fun with her children.

‘I’m shocked this has happened. Her youngest son was Duan Duan. He was a cheeky little boy but full of character, even at the young age he was when they lived here. 

‘My heart goes out to their poor family.’

Ms Chen and her husband, 37, who is Director of Data Science at digital TV firm FreeWheel, have been living in the UK since 2010, having moved here from Beijing.

They are said to have been a quiet family who did not interact much with their neighbours at their current address in Barnet.

A man, who lives nearby, said: ‘My wife heard a woman screaming at about 1.30pm yesterday.

‘Within minutes there were police and paramedics everywhere. An air ambulance landed in the school playing field nearby.

At 1.37pm yesterday, police were called by the London Ambulance Service to an address in Brookside South

At 1.37pm yesterday, police were called by the London Ambulance Service to an address in Brookside South

A forensic worker at the scene of an alleged double murder in Barnet, north London, on Tuesday

A forensic worker at the scene of an alleged double murder in Barnet, north London, on Tuesday 

On arrival police found a 37-year-old woman and a child, believed to be aged five, with stab wounds

On arrival police found a 37-year-old woman and a child, believed to be aged five, with stab wounds

‘The police were searching my neighbour’s house. A man was later taken away by officers. However, he was not in handcuffs and there did not appear to be any blood on him.

‘The people in the house are a quiet couple, who keep themselves to themselves. I’ve not spoken to them very much at all.

‘The husband worked from home a lot of the time and I don’t know what his wife did. They had two boys. The oldest was at school when all this happened.

‘This is so shocking because this has always been a peaceful, safe area.’

The mother is the 15th woman killed in an act of violence in London so far in 2022 – a third of the 46 homicides being investigated by the Met, British Transport and City of London Police.

A recovery vehicle was called to pick up a car outside the house yesterday afternoon.

Police remain at the scene and a cordon remains in place as forensic officers continue searching the house.

Investigators, police and forensic workers outside the home where the alleged double murder took place

Investigators, police and forensic workers outside the home where the alleged double murder took place 

The news has spread shockwaves across the leafy suburb (street of incident pictured), where houses are worth upwards of £500,000

The news has spread shockwaves across the leafy suburb (street of incident pictured), where houses are worth upwards of £500,000

A neighbour and mother-of-two said the deaths had left her feeling scared (Pictured: Forensic worker at the scene)

A neighbour and mother-of-two said the deaths had left her feeling scared (Pictured: Forensic worker at the scene)

Detective Chief Inspector Claire Hine who is leading the investigation said today: ‘My team of experienced detectives continue to investigate the circumstances that led to the tragic death of this woman and her son.

‘Detectives have already spoken to a number of people in and around the Brookside South area as we build a picture of events and this work is ongoing.

‘This incident has had a devastating effect on the family of the deceased and we have a team of specially trained officers who are providing support to them where we can.

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

Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, the policing commander for the North West Command Unit, added: ‘This incident has understandably caused shock and sadness in the local community; feelings that are shared throughout my team and across the wider Metropolitan Police.

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