Memorial service for murdered Leeds woman, 21

Daria Pionko.
Daria Pionko.
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A young woman killed in a “brutal murder” in Leeds is to be remembered at a memorial service.

Police have released a photograph of Daria Pionko, who was found on Springwell Road, Holbeck, at 1.18am on December 23.

She had been seriously assaulted and was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

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The Polish 21-year-old, who police say was a sex worker, was found in a “managed” red light zone created for prostitutes to work without fear of police action.

Floral tributes have been left at the spot where she was found and a memorial service is planned for Sunday.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, who is leading the inquiry, said: “Inquiries are continuing into what has been the brutal murder of a young woman in Leeds.

“We remain keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of Springwell Road, Holbeck Road and Water Lane between 8pm on Tuesday, 22 December and about 1.30am of Wednesday, 23 December, or anyone who may have information.

“This was a sustained and vicious attack and it is absolutely vital that the person responsible is caught and taken off our streets.”

Daria, who is believed to come from the town of Ozorków in central Poland, died of head and facial injuries.

The memorial service will take place on Holbeck Lane, close to where she was found, at 2.30pm on Sunday. (January 3)

Give information to police via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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