Kia Russell and son Kamari
Kia Russell with her son Kamari

Tributes have been paid to a “lovely” woman who died suddenly at home with her young son.

Police were called to Swinburne Road in Ipswich at 17:00 GMT on Wednesday after the assemblage of Kia Russell, 19, was found. Her child Kamari, two, was treated at the scene yet passed on.

Police have formally named the pair and affirmed there was “no outsider contribution” in the passings.

A kid, 17, from Ipswich, captured at the scene was discharged on police safeguard.

Police say he was not being hung on doubt of homicide or murder.

Lisa Horne, who lived nearby until December, said news of the passings was “truly stunning”.

“She was in the patio nursery with her child, or when we were doing the vehicle she was there with hers. She generally said ‘morning’ or ‘hi’.”

Ms Horne included: “She never had any issues and was calm. I simply feel at a misfortune, at such a youthful age for them two – no life at all truly.”

Kia Russell's son Kamari

Another neighbour said Ms Russell was “an absolutely brilliant mum” to her son.

“She was always caring for him. Wherever she went, he went as well.

“Whenever I saw them, he was never screaming. He was always content.”

Swinburne Road
 Police said next of kin had been informed
Friends and family have been leaving floral tributes

The Reverend Mary Sokanovic, the priest in charge of the parish of Whitton with Thurleston and Akenham, said the church would be open for people to “find a quiet space or pray”.

“It’s absolutely distressing. There aren’t words for it,” she added.

She described the area as a “very mixed and varied parish”.

Flowers outside Swinburne Road, Ipswich
Candles in church
An area has been set aside at the Church of St Mary and St Botolph in Whitton

Suffolk Police said next of kin had been informed, and officers have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Post mortem examinations will take place on 12 March


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