Ex-husband, 41, charged with murder after mum-of-four stabbed to death on school run

Aliny Mendes, 39, was slaughtered as she walked with one of her children near Meadow Primary School in Cheam, Surrey, on Friday.

Her ex Ricardo, 41, was charged this evening after cops were given extra time to question him.

A man in his 50s from London who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released with no further action.

A devastated friend, who has known Aliny for five years, said she was separated from Ricardo, who owns a maintenance company in Epsom.

He added: "They were the example of a perfect family."

Everything she did was for the love for her children

Her devastated sister has now paid tribute, saying: "My sister was lovely, always thinking about everyone but mostly her children. She had a wonderful heart and there was no one else like her.

"She was a caring sister and worried about everyone. She was always making sure everyone was OK.

"She tried to help everyone where she could. She loved to cook and would organise surprise parties for friends and family giving cakes and presents she was loved by everyone.

"Everything she did was for the love for her children.”


Stay-at-home mum Aliny was knifed when a car suddenly pulled up alongside her on the school run.

Cops chased down the suspects, after they fled the scene after the horror unfolded in broad daylight.

Floral tributes have been left for Brazil-born Aliny, who has been described by the stunned community as "full of life".

And a JustGiving page set up to help repatriate her body and to support to the family has raised more than £24,000.

One pal told Sun Online how the mum was "always doing good for others" and for her "wonderful" four children.

He said: ""She is a wonderful person, just a really sweet lovely person.

"She was always doing good for others and the children were also wonderful.

"There are no real words to describe her and this is a massive shock for all of us."


Members of her Catholic church yesterday said Aliny loved to raise money for people through the church in Surrey.

Parishioners from St George's Church in Epsom have now set up a crowdfunding page to raise money for her family and children.

Father Gianom, said: "She was a person full of life, she had to look after the children a lot.

"She had four children – three boys and a girl, the youngest was a girl. I recently baptised her.

"She was a person dedicated to the family a lot, she was really a nice woman.

"Every morning she got up at 4am for the children. She made a lot of sacrifices for them. She did not work – she looked after the children."


One witness said Aliny was walking towards the primary school with a small child when a car suddenly pulled up next to her and two men "jumped out".

They added: “It was all over in a flash and I got on the phone to police immediately.

"Some people went to give CPR and the car sped away.”

Another witness told the Surrey Comet: "I saw a black 4×4 mount the kerb and a male got out and chased this woman a couple of feet then grabbed her and she fell to the ground.

"The witness said they saw one of the men involved attack the woman.

"I spoke to the 999 services and then turned around by which point the car was gone and members of the public were helping the young woman wrapped her up and was performing CPR

"The ambulance and police then arrived so I left as I was shaken up and had to go back to work."

An air ambulance landed near Meadow Primary School after members of the public performed CPR.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder said today the victim's children were being supported following the horror yesterday.

He added: "This was a tragic incident where sadly a woman lost her life as a result of the injuries she sustained.

"At this time we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident, and we do not believe anyone else was injured. The coroner has been informed.

Surrey Police are asking for anyone who saw the incident, and has not yet spoken to the police, to call us on 101 (999 in an emergency) quoting reference PR/P19030779.


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