AN EIGHT-year-old girl whose body was found dead in a house in Killorglin had only made her First Communion in May.
The bodies of Enrika Lubite and her mother Jolanta (27) were discovered at the rented home they shared at Langford Downs in the town on Sunday night.
Enrika was a Second Class pupil of Scoil Mhuire in Killorglin and her mother, who is originally from Lithuania, worked as a chef in St Joseph's Day Care Centre.
They were both very popular in the area and had been living there for the past seven years.
There were harrowing scenes outside the house where the bodies were discovered this morning when Ms Lubite's sister, Kristina, supported by her husband, Viadas, arrived at the scene with flowers.
Neighbours were shocked that such a tragedy could happen in a small town.
A friend of Ms Lubite's, Helen O'Shea, who worked with her at the day care centre, described her friend as having "a heart of gold" and said she was someone you could turn to in a crisis.
"I have so many memories of her. Everyone at work loved her. She was lovely and great craic and could talk to anyone," Mrs O'Shea said.
Neighbours Artur and Renata Libera, who brought Enrika to school every day said she was a lovely child who always had a smile on her face.
"She played with my son every day and was always smiling and happy," Mr Libera said.
The alarm was raised at 8.30pm when a friend called to the house and made the grim discovery.
Ms Lubite's body was found in a downstairs room while her little girl was found upstairs.
They had both met a violent death.
Their bodies remain at the scene awaiting the arrival of assistant State pathologist, Dr Margot Bolster, and a garda technical unit.