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US TV presenter dies after attack

Anne Pressly
Anne Pressly worked for KATV Channel 7 in Arkansas

Viewers in Arkansas and across the US have been paying tribute to a local TV newsreader who died at the weekend several days after being attacked.

Anne Pressly, 26, who had a small role in Oliver Stone's George W Bush film, was found by her mother at her home in Little Rock last Monday.

She had been brutally beaten around the head and face, suffering massive swelling of the brain, doctors said.

Police say she might have been the victim of a burglary.

Ms Pressly's employers, KATV in Arkansas, have set up a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of her killer.

The station's website has received hundreds of tributes to Ms Pressly, who presented the station's morning news programme.

"She stole our hearts with her beautiful smile and bubbly personality," one couple wrote.

Ms Pressly was found on 20 October by her mother who had gone round to her house after her daughter had failed to answer her regular morning wake-up call.

Detectives have not yet identified a suspect or a motive for the attack. However, her credit card was reported to have been used after she was attacked.

Ms Pressly had a small role in W, the Oliver Stone film about President George W Bush, as a conservative commentator.

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