THIS is the little girl stabbed to death alongside her mother just weeks after celebrating her First Communion.
Enrika (8) was due to leave the country weeks ago with her mother Jolanta Lubiene (27) to return to their native Lithuania.
Instead, the young mother decided to remain in Ireland so that Enrika could make her Communion with her friends.
Today, a massive manhunt was on for the killer who slashed the child's throat and stabbed her mother to death.
The girl was found on the upstairs landing of their rented house at Langford Downs, Killorglin, Co Kerry, on Sunday night.
She was wearing regular clothes and was not dressed for bed. Her mother had suffered multiple stab wounds and was found in the kitchen area.
There was no sign of forced entry. Gardai say the last confirmed sighting of the pair was on Friday evening.
Gardai were alerted to a suspicious death at around 8.30pm on Sunday after a Lithuanian friend of Jolanta's had called to the house.
The popular chef at St Joseph's Day Care Centre had not turned up for work and friends became concerned.
Assistant State pathologist Dr Margot Bolster conducted a preliminary examination at the scene and last night full post-mortem examinations were carried out at Kerry General Hospital.
Superintendent Flor Murphy said up to 40 gardai were involved in the investigation.
“Contact has been made with a number of relatives of the deceased but, at this stage, we'd like to appeal to anyone with information, particularly anyone who was in the Langford Downs area at the weekend.
“We have unconfirmed sightings but we believe she was in the town and in this area on Friday evening, but that's still under investigation.”
A friend of Ms Lubiene's said she last spoke to her on Saturday and neighbours also reported hearing loud music coming from the house at around 8.55am on Saturday.
Helen O'Shea, who worked with Ms Lubiene, said they spoke a few times a day and were the closest of friends.
“Someone rang me to ask if she was okay and I knew she was working yesterday (Sunday) so I said I'd leave her alone.
“She was absolutely lovely and so was Enrika. It's just desperate what happened, I can't believe it,” she added.
Management and staff at Scoil Mhuire, Killorglin, described second-class pupil Enrika as a “beautiful child who was loved by all who knew her”.
“She was friendly, caring and considerate to others and will be sadly missed by her fellow pupils and staff,” a statement said.