The family of a woman stabbed to death in her own home have described her as the "perfect wife and the most amazing mummy" - as a man appeared in court accused of her murder.
Mother-of-two Nicola Cross, 37, known to her family as Nikki, was stabbed to death at her home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, on Monday night.
Her neighbour Marcin Porczynski, 23, has been charged with her murder.
Her family today told of their heartbreak at her "tragic" death and said they will "remember her with undying love".
In a statement they said: "Our Nikki is the heart and soul of our family. She was kind, generous, brave and incredibly talented. The most beautiful person inside and out, Nikki was the perfect wife and the most amazing mummy.
"She installed core belief in our children to never give up and we will continue what she has built, which is a solid loving family who will remember her with undying love.
"We would all appreciate if you could respect our privacy at this traumatic and difficult time, so we can begin to come to terms with the tragic, untimely loss of our beloved Nikki."